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First time half marathon runner, about six weeks to go. 33 years old and about half a stone over my fighting weight. I play football so had an ok base fitness but obviousley completely different to distance running. I can only get out twice a week to run. Initially struggled to increase distance but subconsiously as I was feeling better I was running faster so not really increasing much distance. A few weeks ago after reading up started to make my long run slow, up to ten miles now and feel can go further at this pace. Do I keep increasing distance at this pace or try increasing pace for a similar distance to improve my time ? My second run of the week is shorter distance 3 to 4 miles at a better pace.
Second question, I am trying to drop the additional half stone so cutting back on food intake, keeping it healthy though but can tell when out running maybe lacking a bit of energy. Am I best looking at dropping this weight over the next 2-3 weeks (which I can) and then increasing training as carrying hte extra weight can make a difference or sod it and just concentrate on training ??