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  • Posted by ruben
  • 1 September 2010

I've been running since last year.

Well, I  say 'running' ... I mean going out with a specific route in mind, and aiming for a speed at least a couple of times a month, usually a couple of times a week.

This weekend I will be running in my first organised race, the Bristol Half Marathon.

With 4 days to go, it's playing on my mind, I can't stop thinking about it.

Have I done enough training? (probably not.)
Can I pace myself for the first half? (maybe...)
Will I be able to finish? (yeeeah.)
Will I be fast? (Don't be stupid.)

I'm aiming to finish in under 1 hour 40. With my own absurd target being 1 hour 30.

I figure there are three key points that will help me in the race as opposed to training on my own.

1 - Bristol is flat. A lot flatter than Pembrokeshire.
2 - There will be well organised and regular drink stops. I often dehydrate half way through my run and finish with a headache.
3 - I will be running in a pack and will be able to tune out easier once I find someone to pace myself with.

The nervous energy is building in my legs.

It can't start soon enough.