Since I ran my first 10K race, I haven’t signed up for any others.
The Edinburgh Men’s 10K turned out to be a bit of a disaster and I didn’t make the start line.
I’d always planned to give the Edinburgh Half Marathon a go this year…
And I finally decided to sign up.
My First Half Marathon
The move up to half marathon distance seemed like a natural step after running a 10K.
Now I’m in my mid-40s I don’t see myself getting much faster as a runner.
But I’ve got good stamina so increasing the distance hasn’t been much of an issue.
The Edinburgh Half Marathon will be my first but I also plan to do the Scottish Half Marathon as well.
They’re both convenient because they finish in Musselburgh where I live.
After running over 13 miles, it makes it a whole lot easier if you just have to hobble home.
Depending on how they go, I may try and fit some more races in the rest of the year.
Preparing For It
I’ve been ramping up the miles over the past few weeks.
I did pick up an injury which is still hanging around like a bad smell.
But if I make sure I stretch well and rest afterwards for a day or two my leg is fine.
TrainAsOne is doing a great job in preparing me for the longer distance.
I also upgraded my Garmin watch from a Forerunner 735XT to a newer model.
It was a very indulgent purchase but I picked up a Fenix 5X this time.
When I first tried it on I was concerned about how much heavier it is.
And it felt weird wearing it in bed the first night.
After a day or two though I barely noticed it on my wrist, even when running.
It’s A Fast Route
They’ve changed the route of the Edinburgh Half Marathon this year.
By all accounts it’s a fast route so I could be in for a personal best.
The new route is designed to take in more of Edinburgh’s iconic sites.
My family will be able to see me run through Musselburgh twice.
The first time just after the 9 mile mark and then at the finish line.
I’m hoping to do it in under 2 hours which I know is ambitious for my first half marathon.
But from the runs over 13 miles I’ve done so far it seems achievable.
Could I Ever Run A Marathon?
At the moment, I can’t get my head around running twice the distance of a half marathon.
I’m just getting comfortable with the half marathon and am thinking twice the distance might be a step too far.
Then again, a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have contemplated running a half marathon.
Perhaps in May 2019, if we’re still in Edinburgh, I may be brave enough to tackle the marathon.
I guess it’s a matter of being in the right mindset and putting in the training miles.
I’d also need to work out the pace I could run at to get to the end without causing myself a mischief.
Are You Running In The Edinburgh Half Marathon?
If you’re running in the Edinburgh Half Marathon and you see me at the startline say hello.
How are your preparations going? Do you think you’ll be ready by May?