I jump and then plan. I sign up for a half marathon because I want to be forced into running more regularly by a pressure bigger than my will can often overcome. I’ve been an off and on runner for far too long so, over a month ago, I signed up for the Queen’s half marathon which I will run Saturday, July 30th. Yes, in the heat of the summer. 13.1 miles. Have I run 13.1 miles before? No. But I am trying to get out running as many mornings as possible and using Saturday mornings to run as much distance as possible. I’m also planning to run a 10k race at the end of June to gage where I’m at physically.
I suppose I’m relying a lot on good genes from my dad’s side of the family as well as the knowledge that I know from past competitive running that my body has good stamina for long distances. So, that combined with the crowds and the electricity of a race will, Lord willing, be enough for me to be able to cross the finish line. Finishing is my goal. I really don’t care how long it takes me…I just want to finish and know that I did my best.
But, I could use tips from those who have already run a half marathon such as: Should I carry Energy gel packs? What pace should I start out at and try to keep for most of the race?