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I am into my second year of running and I have decided to enter a half marathon. The only runs I have done before now are 5k fun runs.
Throughout the winter, I carried out maintenence training using a schedule supplied by Runners World. I am now using a training schedule for a half marathon that consists of tempo runs, speedwork, long and short runs. I stick to the mins/mile pace as advised in the training schedule.
I have not run the entire 13.1 miles for the half marathon, but something quite close i.e. 12 miles as part of the training schedule. I completed this 12 miles in 2hrs 15mins as a result of the recommended min/mile pace.
My question is; Is my tempo run pace (in training) my race pace or something entirely different?
Also, I'm not sure if I have the confidence to run at race pace for fear of 'running out of gas' before I reach the finish line.
Any advice would be extremely helpful.