Why I love the half-marathon!

Having run several 10k races and recently completed a marathon, I have been thinking a lot about my own distance preferences during training. Of course, a varied training plan is definitely required, and I am only commenting on the types of distances I enjoy the most during training.

During my preparation for the London marathon, I managed to bring my 10k times down to sub-45, meaning that it is now a relatively short (duration) and fairly fast race. As I have become more and more keen about running, my perception about race distances have definitely changed. In terms of โ€œeffort requiredโ€, the 5k run has now become my 10k, and how I approached a 10k run is now how I feel about the half-marathon.

Whilst I enjoy 10k runs, they are over too quick for my liking. A marathon on the other hand is an amazing experience, but does require some preparation to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable running experience! Also, I find running more than 18-20 miles during training to be a little underwhelming, as there are no crowds to spur you on!

For me personally, the sweet spot for my training runs is currently the half-marathon (21.1km). My times for this currently range between 1hr 40min to 1hr 45min, which I find very comfortable, usually pacing my self at around 4โ€™50โ€/km. I have signed up the Hackney Half Marathon in June 2014, so will be looking for a sub-1hr 40min during that event!


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