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I've completed a couple of 10km runs now. I'm slow (82mins, 77mins) but able to run/jog all the way around.
I'm entered for the Preston 10km at the end of September, and I'm considering doing the Preston half too, at the end of October.
I'm away for a couple of weeks in early August, so my vague plan was to run for enjoyment over the summer, trying to increase the miles I ran each week, running 2-3 times a week, with a couple of cross training/stretching sessions too.
Then I plan to start a structured training programme mid-Aug. I found a 12 week beginners programme in Women's running, which looks quite good. I like the fact it is based on time rather than distance (most I've found are based on miles, but as I've done all my training and calculations so far on the basis of kilometers I find them difficult to use). I'll have 11 weeks from mid Aug to the half, but if I'm already running regularly, and am currently capable of running 10km, I don't think missing the first week will do me any harm.
However, the maximim training run in the programme is 2 hours long. I could see that many people will run a half in 2 hours, but expect it will take me closer to 3. As I'm so slow, do you think I need to increase this long training run time? I'm not sure if i should be aiming to run to full distance in training or not?