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I’ve started running with an awesome running club, which is helping my Edinburgh Half Marathon prep no end. My group’s weekly long runs are around 20 – 25km+ in distance, and there are usually 4 stops at local supermarkets for fluids. We’re in the UAE, temps are lovely just now but will get hotter and more humid in next few months. We probably pause for around 5 mins to also allow everyone to regroup.
This works brilliantly for me just now because I’m still building experience of running this distance. Plus it’s very sociable and supportive, very motivating.
My question is, should I be reducing the number of these breaks perhaps late March / April, as part of training for the Half on May 26th)? In a race experience I’d very much be aiming not to stop at all. Perhaps the 5min pauses don’t matter so much because the most important thing is covering the distance?
Am aiming to improve from 2hrs 6mins to sub 2hrs if this has a bearing…