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Hello, just got back into running after a 7 year break, I do it mainly to keep fit and I'm not really that bothered about racing.
After a few 3-4 mile runs and a couple of 7 milers over the last month, I went out on Saturday morning with the intention of doing about 8 miles at a nice steady pace, when I got to the 7 mile mark I was feeling fresh so I decided to see if I could continue out to 10. On e at the 10 mile mark I still felt ok and thought I may as well go for the half marathon distance and just kept going.
I finished in a time of 2h 08m 53 sec My average pace was 9:50 and the route took in 730ft of climbing. I was really pleased with myself even though I know it's not a particularly fast time, I've never ran that far before and had t set out with the intention of doing so.
My question is, can I now say I've ran a half marathon, or do running types generally only count organised races as half marathons and would say I've just done a training run?
Also I would now like to get a sub 2 hour time, how much extra training would be needed to knock 9 min of my time. If it helps I'm 44 and just under 14 stone. And before July had never ran more than 10k.