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I'm fairly new to running and am looking for some advice please
I'm a 34 year old male and have been running for around 8 months
I've entered the Silverstone Half Marathon this March (2012) as something to focus on. I've never entered an event before and don't know any other runners to get help from, so any hints, tips or advice anyone can offer would be much appreciated
I guess I would be classed as a beginner. I currently run 3 or 4 times a week at varying distances: 3.5 miles, 6 miles and have just started doing a longer 9 mile run. Times are around 3.5 miles = 28 minutes, 6 miles = 48 minutes and 9 miles = 75 minutes
Things in particular:
What overall time should I be aiming for?
What times should I be looking to hit different mile marks at?
Any advice for the day itself, ie when and what to eat (race is at 12 noon)? What to do to prepare? stretches? What to wear? What time to arrive? etc etc
Any equipment/clothing (at the moment I run in regular canvas running shoes, a long sleeve top, thermal top, regular sports shorts and a beanie type hat and gloves) recommendations? Is it advisable to use a pedometer type device, to measure times/distances/pace etc?
Any training advice? How many days before the event should my last run be? How many miles should I be aiming for in training?
Do the majority of people raise money for a charity at these events?
Any general running advice?
Or anything that anyone thinks may help my first half marathon and running in general to be a good experience
Many thanks in advance