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Hello - A few months ago I put my name down for the Great North Run (which will be held next September) to celebrate my 60th birthday.
My regular sport is weight training which includes running on a treadmill but nothing like a half marathon so I would like some advice on training.
Last December when I was visiting my mother I ran 10 miles within 2 hours but the route was comaparatively flat.
Many of the training routines suggest having three three-mile runs on weekdays with a longer run on Saturday or Sunday and each week the weekend run increases a mile so within 10 weeks the trainee is running 13 miles.But then I can already run 10 miles so restricting myself to 3 or 4 mile runs (at the beginning of the training routine) might be a waste of time
A friend has suggested doing training for a marathon so a half marathon would come easy.
Anyway I have six months (at least) to train and I hope only to complete the race within 3 hours. My training schedule at the moment is to run 2 3-mile runs in the weekdays and a 5-mile run (increasing a mile each week) on Sundays. Next Sunday I hope to complete 6 miles.
At the moment I set the treadmill to 5 mph with an incline of 2 - I think I will have to find an elevation map of the great north run route to use a more realistic incline.
Please advise me on th best way to train - thank you.
I believe I am quite fit - these runs (which I should call "jogs") dont leave me out-of-breath or anything like that - I just get sore thighs.
Thank you again,
Gareth (jakarta, indonesia)