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Old 26 February 2020, 06:04 AM   #1
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Half marathon

I completed my first half marathon on Sunday

I got talked into doing it just after Xmas, so only had 5 weeks to train for it. I havenít done anything competitive since I stopped boxing, and have to say, I havenít had a sense of accomplishment like it in a long time.

It wasnít the best time by any stretch of the imagination, 2hrs 20, but with only 5 weeks of training, and struggling to do 5km when I started, Iím proud of myself. 50mph wind and rain on the day didnít help!

I have just signed up for another one on the 5th of April, Iím hoping to get around in a better time!

I also managed to raise nearly £4,000 for a local childrenís hospice local to me!
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:07 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the accomplishment! I certainly do not consider myself a runner, but I have been coerced to enter a couple half and full marathons. They were all pretty fun!
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:17 AM   #3
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Well done! Hope you had fun & have many more races to come. (Trust me, it is addictive)
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:22 AM   #4
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Hey, well done.
If you have a justgiving page post a link for your next run - you may well get a few extra sponsors for your next run for such a great charity.
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:37 AM   #5
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Congratulations! I can’t even begin to imagine how one goes from 5km to a half marathon. You’re a beast!!
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:39 AM   #6
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:49 AM   #7
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Congrats!
My wife has taken up running pretty seriously over the last couple years. Started with 5 and 10K's. Last year we moved out to half marathons where she started posting times in the 1:30 mark which was very motivating for her.
She has another half marathon this weekend and then.....her first 2 marathons this summer.
She'll be running the Ottawa marathon later this spring, and just found out that she was accepted into the 50th anniversary of the NYC marathon this fall so we're all very proud of her.
Enjoy the journey as the addiction mounts.
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Old 26 February 2020, 07:03 AM   #8
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Nice job! First one with minimal training I think thats a fine starting time. Next one will be better.
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Old 26 February 2020, 07:09 AM   #9
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That is a great accomplishment. I think the time means much less compared to that sense you are feeling.

I remember the first time I finished my first and I thought I conquered the world! Just kidding, I was just glad I crossed the finish. Every running race was like that for me.

Here's to new motivation and accomplishments for you!
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Old 26 February 2020, 07:36 AM   #10
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Congrats.

Remember if Pheidippides had done a half instead of a full, he may have stuck around to run some more.
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Old 26 February 2020, 08:47 AM   #11
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That's a great amount of money to raise - fair play!

I love to run and have done a few marathons, though I've retired from them now!
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Old 26 February 2020, 03:36 PM   #12
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Dude, 5 weeks to get ready is a great accomplishment. What kind of shape were you already in, or what training had you done prior?



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Old 26 February 2020, 04:30 PM   #13
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I hadnít been for a run since I stopped boxing, about 11 years ago !
Iím probably around 30 pounds over what my weight should be. So me and the friend I did it with found a route that starts halfway between where we both live, we wouid drive to that point to meet and start from there. Mid jan we used to do 5k, but would have to stop halfway and recover.
The worst part is where we used to meet was a pub so after every run we wouid end up having a couple of beers haha.
Iíve just signed up to another one on the 5th of April, Iím going to eat properly and take it more serious, and hopefully shave a good amount of time off!
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Old 26 February 2020, 05:08 PM   #14
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I hadnít been for a run since I stopped boxing, about 11 years ago !

Iím probably around 30 pounds over what my weight should be. So me and the friend I did it with found a route that starts halfway between where we both live, we wouid drive to that point to meet and start from there. Mid jan we used to do 5k, but would have to stop halfway and recover.

The worst part is where we used to meet was a pub so after every run we wouid end up having a couple of beers haha.

Iíve just signed up to another one on the 5th of April, Iím going to eat properly and take it more serious, and hopefully shave a good amount of time off!


Pretty impressive all things considered.

Always helps to have some motivation to finish the run.


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Old 26 February 2020, 05:18 PM   #15
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Well done!

I took up running in my late 40ís (mid 2017) having never done so in my life, even dodging cross country at school.

Completed my first half marathon in the October of that year, in 1:47, and my first marathon in April 2018. Finished in 3:45 which was faster than I expected. Itís amazing what support on the day can do.

Currently out due to injury (fractured pelvis in September) but itching to get back to it.
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:12 PM   #16
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2:44 marathon to beat ;)
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:34 PM   #17
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Well done!

I took up running in my late 40ís (mid 2017) having never done so in my life, even dodging cross country at school.

Completed my first half marathon in the October of that year, in 1:47, and my first marathon in April 2018. Finished in 3:45 which was faster than I expected. Itís amazing what support on the day can do.

Currently out due to injury (fractured pelvis in September) but itching to get back to it.
You're quick, I'm struggling to get under a 1:45 half and 3:45 marathon, and I started running at 17, am 25 now
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Old 26 February 2020, 07:56 PM   #18
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Wow, thatís impressive. Iíll stick with my 5Ks I run a 5K every other day.
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Old 26 February 2020, 10:29 PM   #19
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You're quick, I'm struggling to get under a 1:45 half and 3:45 marathon, and I started running at 17, am 25 now


Had a base level of fitness from cycling for many years
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Well done! Hope you had fun & have many more races to come. (Trust me, it is addictive)
Isnít that just a warm up for you Bas?

OP, sincerest congratulations. Thatís a great accomplishment and for a worthy cause
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Old 26 February 2020, 10:47 PM   #21
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Had a base level of fitness from cycling for many years
Still impressive, I seem to remember that Armstrong never managed to go below 3 hours (or maybe he did but barely). Bottom line, even with great cardio and legs it is tough to run a marathon.

OP, congratulations!
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Old 27 February 2020, 12:00 AM   #22
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Man that's fantastic considering the low training time and horrible weather. I've been strictly a 5ker and in May for some reason I'm going to do a 5k, 10, and 15k b2b2b at a really hilly state park. Trying to get up to speed but I'm not running outside in the snow and the treadmill is boring as hell for that long.

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Old 27 February 2020, 02:16 AM   #23
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You're quick, I'm struggling to get under a 1:45 half and 3:45 marathon, and I started running at 17, am 25 now


Half marathon PB is 1:37 in Glasgow (September 18)

Started running with the 1:40 pacer and, feeling good, pushed on at mile 8.

I expect to be disappointed with my times if I can start back after my current injury! Doctor told me to fine up running but there are two more marathons I want to do
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Old 27 February 2020, 04:18 AM   #24
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I’m hoping to do the Reading half in April, the Las Vegas half in November, and maybe a couple more over here in the UK

I’ve got the bug for it now!

Hopefully get a better time with each one, I’m never going to break any records but it’s simply a case of self accomplishment
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Half marathon PB is 1:37 in Glasgow (September 18)

Started running with the 1:40 pacer and, feeling good, pushed on at mile 8.

I expect to be disappointed with my times if I can start back after my current injury! Doctor told me to fine up running but there are two more marathons I want to do
That's very impressive.

I'm more of a trailrunner myself, prefer to run 50k and 50 milers on trail, I like it more than regular marathons.

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Congrats on your first half marathon! Sounds like you've been bit by the running bug. Next thing you know you'll be training for a full marathon doing 40-50 miles week. Good luck on your future races!
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2:44 marathon to beat ;)
That is an extremely impressive time. I've always struggled on the last 10k of a marathon.
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I completed my first half marathon on Sunday

I got talked into doing it just after Xmas, so only had 5 weeks to train for it. I havenít done anything competitive since I stopped boxing, and have to say, I havenít had a sense of accomplishment like it in a long time.

It wasnít the best time by any stretch of the imagination, 2hrs 20, but with only 5 weeks of training, and struggling to do 5km when I started, Iím proud of myself. 50mph wind and rain on the day didnít help!

I have just signed up for another one on the 5th of April, Iím hoping to get around in a better time!

I also managed to raise nearly £4,000 for a local childrenís hospice local to me!
My congrats! Your results are impressive!
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Old 27 February 2020, 09:43 PM   #29
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That is an extremely impressive time. I've always struggled on the last 10k of a marathon.
Yes, the last few miles are grim!

Sahcivan, I can highly recommend this book.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Faster-Road.../dp/1450470459

I followed Pete Pfitzinger marathon plans and got down from 3:20 to sub-2:50 in doing so.
The half marathon plans in that book are quite high mileage (the lowest mileage one peaks at 47 miles per week), but the whole book is very good.
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Yes, the last few miles are grim!

Sahcivan, I can highly recommend this book.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Faster-Road.../dp/1450470459

I followed Pete Pfitzinger marathon plans and got down from 3:20 to sub-2:50 in doing so.
The half marathon plans in that book are quite high mileage (the lowest mileage one peaks at 47 miles per week), but the whole book is very good.
Thanks, even though I think my marathons days might be over, I'll check it out.

My best was 3:01 but I'm faster in shorter races. I should have run in the low 2:50's according to estimates.
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