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Any runners here?

I am doing the Hackney Half Marathon on 20th May and am trying to get in some good training before the race.

I run quite a lot casually but I have only ever competed in a few races and the furthest distance was a 10k in London last July.

Are there any seasoned runners here who can give me advice before the race next week? Specifically any tips on how much training I should do in the week prior to the race, any good information on eating / drinking the day before etc, just basically anything that might help.

I'm a bit nervous as I don't feel I've done as much training as I should have; only been running around 2/3 times a week over the last couple of months. I went out and did 6 miles in the heat today though which hopefully should help.

Cheers!

posted on 7/5/18

Edbo

I use the Nike running app. I haven’t heard of that one but will look into it

Neo

Yeah it’s as much for the inconvenience of training as the race itself that I haven’t done a marathon. It’s a big commitment doing all that training so I have a lot of respect for those that do

comment by Ace (U18814)

posted on 7/5/18

Palmers. I've run half marathons in the past though my preferred competetive distance has always been 10k. Solid training is important, partly for general fitness obviously but also partly because you need to be familiar with your own pace so that on race day you don't go too slow and get a poor time, or too quick and blow up. The apps are good for this as they tell you how far you've run and what time/mile you're paced at. I use Map My Run but there are loads, my missus uses Strava. They really help you maintain a consistent, familiar pace.

For a half marathon I'd advise to have trained at least up to ten miles. If you're good with that then you'll manage the last 3 on adrenalin and will power! Try for a really good ten miles, the best time you can manage, a week before your run, then during the week taper off your training so that you retain fitness, but your muscles and joints are fresh for race day. If your race was on a Sunday, I'd maybe do a fast 10k on the Wednesday then rest up. At that stage you can't get any fitter than you're gonna be. Have a good breakfast on race morning - muesli & bananas or something, and drink plenty of water. Good luck!

posted on 7/5/18

I wouldn't say you will need to run a half in training, but it helps. I would also look at the course, and if it's hilly, do some hill work.
Have you tried energy gels, or bars? They will help in the latter stages. I eat cherry tomato's and brazil nuts before a run, but go easy on the nuts.
Good luck!

posted on 7/5/18

Yeah they should provide lucozade energy gels at the water stations on the day. Hate to think what is in them but they give you a heck of a fast energy boost.

posted on 7/5/18

comment by Irishred (U2539)
posted 3 hours, 1 minute ago
Still reckon my advice was the best
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I believe that is a pre requisite to do the Irish marathon, you are not allowed to race unless you’ve munched a kebab smoked 6 tabs and sank 5 pints.

posted on 7/5/18

Ace

My training hasn't been great. As the race is the day after the cup final I had delayed proper training as I wasn't sure I was gonna run in case I was at the match, and drinking before and after etc. Also due to the cold March and April we've had I've been a bit rubbish with my training (shiiit excuse I know)

I plan to run home from work on Friday which will be around 10 miles. Then maybe a run on Sunday and a final one the following Wednesday. I have done a few hill sprints, was running up and down the hill to Ally Pally a few times so hopefully that will help.

I do have the Nike running app but I don't want to have to be taking my phone out constantly and checking my pace etc.

Will also try to eat a few carb meals in the days preceding the run and then get a good breakfast on the day.

Thanks for your words.

posted on 7/5/18

comment by (U19770)
posted 44 minutes ago
I wouldn't say you will need to run a half in training, but it helps. I would also look at the course, and if it's hilly, do some hill work.
Have you tried energy gels, or bars? They will help in the latter stages. I eat cherry tomato's and brazil nuts before a run, but go easy on the nuts.
Good luck!
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Thanks mate

The course is quite flat I believe, though I haven't run around that area before so not too sure what to expect.

I don't really do energy bars as such. I may bring a few on the day though

posted on 7/5/18

comment by palmers_spur - you have a woman's hand my lord (U8896)
posted 4 minutes ago
comment by (U19770)
posted 44 minutes ago
I wouldn't say you will need to run a half in training, but it helps. I would also look at the course, and if it's hilly, do some hill work.
Have you tried energy gels, or bars? They will help in the latter stages. I eat cherry tomato's and brazil nuts before a run, but go easy on the nuts.
Good luck!
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Thanks mate

The course is quite flat I believe, though I haven't run around that area before so not too sure what to expect.

I don't really do energy bars as such. I may bring a few on the day though
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Don't try them for the first time on the day, just in case they disagree with you.

posted on 7/5/18

Also just so you're aware race organisers will often say a course is flat. Half the time it just means it's not Ben Nevis. They entice people in with things such as 'great chance for a PB' so don't rely on it being flat.

comment by Ace (U18814)

posted on 7/5/18

comment by palmers_spur - you have a woman's hand my lord (U8896)
posted 2 minutes ago
Ace

My training hasn't been great. As the race is the day after the cup final I had delayed proper training as I wasn't sure I was gonna run in case I was at the match, and drinking before and after etc. Also due to the cold March and April we've had I've been a bit rubbish with my training (shiiit excuse I know)

I plan to run home from work on Friday which will be around 10 miles. Then maybe a run on Sunday and a final one the following Wednesday. I have done a few hill sprints, was running up and down the hill to Ally Pally a few times so hopefully that will help.

I do have the Nike running app but I don't want to have to be taking my phone out constantly and checking my pace etc.

Will also try to eat a few carb meals in the days preceding the run and then get a good breakfast on the day.

Thanks for your words.
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No problem mate.

I don't know how the Nike one works, but Map My Run tells you via your headphones at each km or mile - eg " Time 16 minutes 20 seconds, distance run 2 miles, pace per mile 8 minutes 10 seconds". It interrupts your music to tell you this info, you don't need to be getting your phone out, but it gives you a better sense of how you're pacing yourself.

If I was you I'd do the ten miles Friday and again on the Monday, then on the Thursday do about 5 miles just to keep yourself in the zone. Eat pasta for dinner the night before, get an early night, have something slow release for brekkie on run day, porridge is also good for this, and a banana. You'll be fine mate

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