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I am training for my first half at the end of April, I'm not following a particular training plan, just doing my own thing but this is what my plan currently looks like
running 4-5 x per week
Long run of 10 -14 miles
tempo or intervals run of 4-5 miles
easy/steady runs of 5-7 miles
total mileage aprox 30-35 per week
I am please dwith how I am improving and that I've got my mileage up and built up my LSR to longer than the half, so I know I can confidently complete the distance. I ran 13.54 miles yesterday and did 13.1 in 2hrs 14 mins and 59secs and it felt very easy, I'm hoping in the race I can run it faster.
So, what do I do now? I don't really want to increase my long run distance any more or my overall mileage, I want to try and concentrate on improving my speed if possible so I can finish the race strong and not just 'get round' if you know what I mean.
I hadn't envisaged I would have got up to the distance at this stage in my training but I feel fine. I'm not sure whether to just continue as I am or whether I should change some aspect of my training.
Also when and how do I taper? I have never done this before so not sure what to do! My race is on 26th April, but I am also doing a 10k on 29th March
Finally (sorry for all the questions) I am not sure what I should take nutrition whise on the half, I have bought a ouple of gels but haven't felt like I needed them on my long run as yet, yesterday I took and gel with me and just water but just had the water (I ate pasta the night before so that prob helped) should I make myself have a gel prior to the race to see how I get on? or will water get me through if I eat well the night before?