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I have just entered my first half marathon in Chester which is about 40 days away. It's not much time to train but my fitness has improved since the beginning of the year through a fitness trainer. On Saturday I wanted to get an idea as to how I would cope in a half marathon and just about managed 21k myself - which I was pleased with. My concern is that it took me 2hrs 50 mins (snail pace I know!), which is very close to the 3 hrs race cut off time for Chester.
I know I'll be devasated if I manage to complete the race and then I am not considered to have finished as I missed the cut off time. So my question is - do you normally find that your time is slower in an official race because you have crowds to deal with (dodging around slow people like me) or do you normally find that your speed picks up with people around you / adrenalin kicks in? I guess I have got a bit of practice time between now and then, not much.
I realise that most you can probably walk faster than I will do in this run, but it is a big achievement for me - at the beginning of the year I could only run 5K.
Any advice much appreciated!