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As it's four months away what's a realistic time I could get if I train really hard? I've boxed in the past so I know what it's like to train every day for hours on end.
I know it's highly unlikely I'll come in first place something I'm not focusing on but it would be nice to get a respectable time and not cross the finish line along side all the I am only doing this once in my life ever for charity and then go back to being unfit type of racers.
Off hand I can run 13 miles in just under two hours which I am looking to drastically improve with hard work. Would 1:30 be realistic to improve to by then?
1:30 is possible, but doing a training run is very different from race conditions. Your time will depend on how busy the race will be, because it takes time getting through slower runners if they've set off at the front, and the type of course, hills or flat?
That's what I was wondering about at the beginning, won't everyone be in the way of each other etc and who decides who's at the front etc before the race begins? I'd hate to be at the very back. it's flat compared to what I am used to training on I think there could be one or two hills but it's genuinely a flat route.
Some application forms ask for an estimated completion time and put the (alleged) faster runners towards the front by having designated sections for each block of, say, 15 minutes, eg they will be signposted for 1:00-1:15, 1:15-1:30, and the race number will show where you go, by colour or something. From my experience, there's a lot of people who overestimate their abilities (ok, they're liars!). I'd ask the organisers how the start is managed.
Aim for 2 hours as a starting point
I can already do it in two hours and as it's four months away I may as well train for a better time and I am going to commit to running five days a week, I am currently having the problem of getting bored on runs so I am going to join a running club.
Running in an event is very different. You tend to get carried by the masses and run too hard to start and then drop off. You may well be able to get down to 1:30 but if you aim for a good 2hours. You'll be happy with any improvement
I'll have to ask beforehand but if they don't anything like that I just hope that contestants who know they are slow all don't put themselves near the front because that would be really frustrating. I'd be happy with putting myself in the middle because that's what I am, an average runner but I don't want to be at the back with the 'I am doing this one time only in memory of a relative' sort of runners that have to stop and walk some of it.