10K TO HALF MARATHON IN THREE WEEKS?

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Mar 2016
2:45pm, 16 Mar 2016
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tagazou
hi,
have been lurking around for years, but wasn't into racing. With the help and encouregment of the forum here, I have just done 1st 10km (57minutes) :-)

but now I have the opportunity to do a half marathon in three weeks, or wait untill next year.

I feel I am better suited to half marathon than 10k, but I have never done the distance. I feel I could in theory keep up 9/10kph for the distance.

Questions are : am I mad?

Should I try this weekend to do two hours at race pace and see if it is the realms of possibiltiy or
build up over the next two and a half weeks and see how it goes on the day?
Wait untill next year?

any advice greatfully received!
Mar 2016
3:09pm, 16 Mar 2016
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Old Croc
try to do a longer run soon but it is a big step up in a very short space of time - after that all I can say is if you feel happy "giving it a go" then crack on but dont build up hopes - plenty of time to build up properly for another half or a full build up for next year.
Mar 2016
3:42pm, 16 Mar 2016
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Ulric
There are loads of HMs so I wouldn't be in a rush, particularly if you haven't done much over 10k in training? I'm sure you could find one in between 3 weeks and next year.
Mar 2016
4:39pm, 16 Mar 2016
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Autumnleaves
You'll never run your first half marathon again - and it would be a shame for it not to be a positive experience, so personally I would wait and build up to it properly. You don't necessarily need to wait a year - an autumn half would work.
Mar 2016
4:51pm, 16 Mar 2016
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Ultracat
Hi, that's a pretty decent time for your 10k. I see you ran your 10k in Corsica, I guess it's where you live?

I agree with others you would be better targeting a half later in the year, you could combine it with a holiday elsewhere as I guess races on Corsica are not that common.
Mar 2016
5:44am, 17 Mar 2016
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tagazou
hi Ultracat, and thanks :-) -:) You guessed it, I live in Corsica and here nearly all of the races are 'trials' on mountain paths, and thats not really my thing.

Plus I haven't even been able to get out much to run since the race so really only 2 weeks left untill the race as the half is on the 3rd. So I think I am going to be setting myself up for a bad experience!

So having read what you have all said and having another look at the races available I have have found a half in October that I could possibly get to, so I think I will aim for that.

Anyone want to come out and do some running out in sunnier weather here in Corsicain the meantime I would be pleased to meet you and show you around!

thnaks again to all of you for your advice, really helpfull :-)
Mar 2016
11:55am, 17 Mar 2016
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Ultracat
Good luck with your training.
Mar 2016
12:45pm, 17 Mar 2016
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OhMyFleecingGod
October sounds much more sensible, a half marathon is a bloody long way if you've only done half the distance! Enjoy your training :)
Mar 2016
6:15pm, 17 Mar 2016
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tagazou
hahahaha , yes I think you are right, well thanks again for the encouregment and advice.

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