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OK folks, am training for my first half marathon (Great North Run) next month and am trying to mix long runs (1 per week 8-12 miles) and shorter, quicker runs.
Aiming to run the race in under 2 hours (hence 9 minute mile pace) but under 1.55 would be even better. On my shorter runs I am aiming to run about 8 minute pace but after doing a half distance run at just under this pace I found myself knackered on my long run (12 miles) the following day. Should I be taking a rest day between runs always or was the first faster run simply too hard for a training run (I rran it about as quick as is humanly possible for me at the moment) ?
Also is the policy of one long run and a couple of 4-6 milers a good one in general for me?
And finally, a mate of mine said I shouldn't do much training in the final 2 weeks before the race to freshen up for the race. Good advice?
Thanks for all help, much appreciated