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How To Run a Half Marathon

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A personal story of how to run a Half Marathon

Following her experiences, trials and tribulations of running the Blackpool Half Marathon in near blistering conditions, our race correspondent Alison Camwell now gives some personal advice and training routes for virgins just starting out.

Alison writes :-

Those of you that have had the pleasure of running with me over the past 18 months may have noticed that I can get a little fixated with the mileage we cover on each run and the time it took and that, especially on the longer runs, I have to set myself mini-goals along the route to break the run down into achievable sections. This works both ways as the crowd I generally run with today are faster than me, but they rely on me to set the route each Sunday and therefore have to wait for me every couple of miles so that I can catch up and tell them which way to go next! 

Thanks to Rita and Mary with their pedometers, Dave, Nick and Phil on the bikes and me being a bit of a saddo and clocking the road sections in the car, Iíve always kept notes of how long each run is. For those of you who want to gradually increase your running, you can now use this information to build up your distances and the length of time you can run for by combining various runs.

The following should only be taken as an indication Ė itís not an exact science and is not up to too much scrutiny Ė and should be updated as we go. If anyone has other routes they run, then please let Phil know the details and we can add them to the list. 

Route distances are based on out and back from Wombourne Leisure Centre. Donít forget that I have knocked 0.2 miles off each leg when combining a route i.e. youíll either miss out the Round Oak hill or the path to the railway to/from Centre on each leg.

Summer running and Sunday running routes (The routes are planned so that if you feel tired you will pass close to the Leisure Centre at some point and can cut short your run): 

Bratch

1.5 miles

Swindon, Bratch

5.5 miles

Castlecroft, Centre, Bratch

10.2 miles  *(2)

Tip

3.0 miles

Dimmingsdale plus Maryís loop

5.7 miles

Castlecroft, Tip

11.3 miles  *(2)

Awbridge

3.7 miles

Swindon, Awbridge

7.7 miles

Dimmingsdale, Wombourne/road, Swindon

11.5 miles  *(1)

Swindon

4.4 miles

Castlecroft

8.7 miles *(2) (figure of 8 route)

Castlecroft, Swindon

12.7 miles  *(2)

Dimmingsdale

5.2 miles

Swindon, Dimmingsdale

9.2 miles

Dimmingsdale, Wombourne/road, farm/Hinksford, Swindon 12.8 miles  *(1)

 

 

Dimmingsdale, Wombourne/road, farm/Hinksford, Swindon, Bratch 13.9 miles *(1)

 *(1)  If you want more detail on the exact path of this route please click here (opens Word doc)

*(2) If you want more detail on the exact path of this route please click here (opens Word doc)

 A couple of tips if planning to run a 10K race or more:

         As you get nearer to the race date try keeping your training run stops to a minimum of every 3 miles to mimic water stations.

         Don't stop for any longer than 1 minute to take on water - try to keep walking whilst drinking in any case.

         If the waterís in bottles Ė easy peasy, but if itís in a cup thereís an art to drinking out of it and running at the same time Ė one Iíve not mastered yet! 

PS Donít ask me about the Winter runs on the roads Ė I become a sheep and follow the person in front of me!

 

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