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Hi, I ran my first half marathon on Sunday in 1.34.59. I'm doing another at the beginning of November and I'm aiming to run under 1.30.
This may seem unrealistic but I only started running four months ago - I'm a 28-year-old male - and I've had no proper training plan at all. The personalised plan I worked out as I went along basically involved four or five runs a week of different distances - 2, 4, 6 or 8 miles, plus one long run of 12-16 miles once a week. I push myself pretty hard each time and record my times, trying to beat them each time I go out. I haven't done anything special with my diet and I don't really know anything about how to rest or eat or train for races. So I'm hoping that if I start training in a more systematic way, I can make a big improvement in the next five weeks and knock five minutes off my time.
There's another factor. My health was in pretty bad shape four months ago when I started running. This may shock some of you, but I started running when I was in hospital receiving treatment for the effects of heroin, crack and methadone addiction. It was at this time that I found running was simply the best way of boosting my mood and staying clean. I smoked 10-20 cigarettes a day and anyone who knows crack will know the devastating effect it has on your lungs. In the last four months I've quit smoking, drinking, all drugs and medication and made running my addiction. If I've made this much progress in a few months, I'm thinking I can make even more in five weeks and record a really good half marathon time. Some friends who knew me during my addiction will be running or supporting at the race, and I'm desperate to post an unbelievable time and show them I'm back to health.
It may also help if I remember to go to the toilet BEFORE the race this time - finding the gents after 1 lap probably cost me a minute or two.
Thanks for reading and any tips or links for a novice runner would be appreciated. Also if anyone would like to share their stories of running as a way of overcoming addiction, I'd be very interested to read them.