I am at the end of week 2 of my 12 week half marathon training programme. This is a programme from Runners World and it has 4 runs a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
Today was a 7 mile steady run and I plotted my course last night so I could include a 5 minute warm up and warm down and finish at my front door. The furthest I had run before today was 10km so I ran a similar route but extended the backend of the run to add the extra km.
It is really nice running early, I left home at 6.30am and the roads are very quiet. I ran past a few runners and nodded to all of them and got a reply from half.
I am using a heart rate monitor and an running within heart rate zones, my Garmin beeps when my heart rate is not within the correct zone. I ran almost 1 km before my heart rate got within the zone and it alerted me a few times in the first few kms that my heart rate was too slow, so each time I increased the pace a little. Later on I was able to run at a slower pace and still be within the zone, I guess this is due to getting tired and by exerting the same effort was was getting less results, but I am only at the start of this training so I don't mind.
The first 5km took me 31:47, the second 5km took me 33:52 and the last km was 7:15.
Also I have signed up to a 10km race in Greenwich park at the beginning of October, the race is also park of the programme. I hope to manage the 10km in about 55 mins by then, but current PB is 59 mins.
Here is a link to the run:
Also I have now clocked up 250km this year! This includes a few walks I did in Feb & Mar, the C25K runs from Apr to June and all my post graduation runs! The training programme will have me run 100km per month from now to the end of October, so I should increase that quickly now.