It’s only a week to go until my first half marathon and I’m getting excited about the prospect.
Running 13.1 miles doesn’t sound like fun, right?
But it’s a good way to test how my training has been going and to see if I can get a personal best time.
It’s also a nice run around the sights of Edinburgh and along the coast.
Even if the Scottish weather decides not to play ball, it’ll be an adrenaline rush when I cross the start line.
Getting To The Start Line
The Edinburgh Half Marathon starts at 8am and the start line is in Potterrow.
I’m in the Black Pen which is located in George Square in the heart of the University campus.
It’ll take quite a bit of time to get to the start line I’m guessing as there’s several different coloured pens ahead of me,
I estimated that I could run my first half marathon in 2 hours as my current personal best is 1 hour 56 minutes.
The first hurdle I’ve got to get over is travelling to the start area.
On a Sunday trains don’t run until midday so I’ll need to hop on a bus.
I only live 5 miles from the centre of Edinburgh but it can take a while to get there by bus.
It’s going to be an early start to the day!
The Course Is Downhill Or Flat
The first half of the course is mostly downhill which is always a bonus.
Although it could encourage me to run a bit faster than I should.
Then for the second half of the run I may be on my last legs.
But at least that part is largely coastal and flat.
I’ve run various parts of the course over the past few months so I’m aware of what I’m letting myself in for.
There are various water stations along the route as well as one which has gels.
I’m intrigued by the gels because the information pack says you should practice taking these during training runs.
Errr…. I’ve not done that so I guess I either live without the gel or try it and see how it goes!
I’ve Trained Loads For It
I’m using TrainAsOne to get me ready for the first half marathon.
It’s the same online running coach I used when I did my first 10k race.
So far it’s served me well and I’ve been training with it sometimes five days a week.
TrainAsOne adjusts your training schedule based on the data it gets from your running watch after you’ve completed a run.
At the moment it’s tapering my workouts because I’m coming up to a race.
I now only have two runs left before next Sunday to make sure I’m rested and fighting fit to run 13.1 miles.
After I’ve completed my race on Sunday it then moves onto the next race I have scheduled and starts the process of getting me ready for that one.
Have You Run Your First Half Marathon Yet?
How was it and did you enjoy the experience?
Would you do it again?