Running to stand still

By on 19/08/2009 in Blog

harte---hartwellA regular on the blogging scene, Digital Birmingham's Dave Harte reflects on his EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon preparations.


So we're now less than 2 months until Birmingham hosts its second half-marathon and although my entry is in I still don't feel like I've got started. My enthusiasm is sky high but my legs still have some way to go.

It's always the same for me during the summer months. Runners have a pattern to their calendar year - in the winter it might be cross-country training to build strength and then in the spring there's long-distance training, maybe for the London marathon or similar, to build stamina.

By summer you should be feeling at a peak from all that hard work, ready to tackle anything. For me though something always goes slightly wrong. It might an injury niggle or perhaps feeling run down from all that exertion. This year I can honestly say it was laziness. I took my foot off the pedal slightly after running Edinburgh marathon and I've yet to fully re-find my running mojo. Family holidays get in the way as well but for most part I've little excuse.

That's not to say I've been completely idle though. I've been running about three times a week and have been doing a variety of short sprint work and longer runs. But to get a good time in the Birmingham half-marathon I now need to step it up. Longer weekend runs are essential. You can run slow, but you need to run long. With 8 or 9 weeks to go you should be hitting 10-12 miles on that leisurely Sunday morning run.

It's a good idea also to have a steady middle-of-the-week run. This might be about 8 miles but it's useful to have it under your belt so that you don't get to the weekend feeling you have to cram all your running in. Overall if you're going out four or five times a week, that's about right. Even popping our for a short run is better than nothing, it all adds up.

So for me, my serious training for October 11th starts right now. I'll update you on progress as we get nearer the big day - a big day I hope I can do myself proud. If you're running it then best of luck. Now get those trainers on and get out there for a run.

To enter the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon, log onto

Entry costs £23 or £21 for members of athletics clubs, students and the over-60s, plus an online entry fee for each entry. There is a minimum age of 17.

Dave Harte is Economic Development Manager for Digital Birmingham

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