Taking the first steps on your half marathon training plan

Taking the first steps on your half marathon training plan


Need to kick-start your training for Run Reigate? Hannah Brookes shares her motivation tips for tackling the miles.

Run Reigate isn’t far away and getting closer by the day. I should be racking up the half marathon training miles on runs by now but my running efforts have been somewhat lackadaisical of late. I love the challenge of a long run and usually find building up my distance week by week to be more satisfying than the race itself. However, I just can’t seem to get in the zone.

In case I’m not alone, here are a few things that have previously helped me get my butt into gear when training for races.

Establish a routine as quickly as you can

To be honest, this is probably what’s been holding me back thus far. As a creature of habit, I find a routine is the best way to keep on track when training. It’s oddly easier to lace up my trainers when I tell myself there’s no choice. Sunday is Long Run Day – no ifs, no buts.

Everyone is different so it’s important to establish a routine that works for you. Personally, I can’t run in the evenings. Once I’m home, I’m done for the day. However, I have no qualms about getting up at 6am and heading out for an early morning jog.

The last time I trained for a big event, I found this routine worked well for me:

  • Mon – rest day
  • Tues – run in the morning before work
  • Wednesday – run home from work (the only acceptable evening run)
  • Thursday – rest day
  • Friday – run in the morning before work
  • Saturday – rest day
  • Sunday – long run

I should probably point out this isn’t an optimal training plan for a person planning to achieve a super-speedy time (some interval training and cross training is required for that). However, I found this was a routine I could stick to and allowed enough flex to fit in non-running activities during the week.

Remember why you’re running in the first place

It’s amazing how motivating a little mental focus can be. When I first got into running, my goal was to run far enough to get a silver foil cape at the end. Forget the medal! I also liked to imagine the feeling of accomplishment when crossing the finish line –  for someone who isn’t a natural runner (I always came last in cross country at school), that’s more motivating than getting a new personal best.

So why are you running Run Reigate? Whatever the answer, think about that every time you’re tempted to skip a training run. Stick a post-it on your trainers, rename the alarm on your phone or get your best friend to remind you every time you speak to them.

Bonus tip: good views on your training runs can also be very motivating

Bonus tip: good views on your training runs can also be very motivating

Set smaller goals along the way

A half marathon can be a very daunting distance, especially if it’s your first time running a race of that length. If you’re feeling a bit put off, try setting yourself smaller goals along the way. Over the summer, there are loads of 5k and 10k races that you can incorporate into your training plan – Runner’s World has a handy list so you can search for events taking place near you.

If you’ve never taken part in an organised race before, I’d definitely recommend signing up to at least one before Run Reigate. Race day is completely different from a training run, with more people to dodge but crowds of people to cheer you on. A 5k or 10k race will help you overcome any nerves and give you the boost you need to carry on with your training.

Hopefully I’ve given you a few ideas to get you motivated. What else would you recommend to a runner struggling with their training? Tweet your suggestions via @RunReigate.

Thanks for reading!

Hannah Brookes

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“I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul”


What does it take to become a ‘Marathon Man’?  And no, I don’t mean Dustin Hoffman enduring some rogue dentistry.  Just as some of us mere mortals work up to running our first 10K, half or full marathon, Rob Young and Eddie Izzard have completed amazing mental and physical feats that take endurance running to a new elevation, earning themselves the title of Marathon Man.

Extreme races are springing up all over the world, as some runners look for the next level of fortitude.  The legendary Marathon Des Sables started on Friday, in its 28th year and is according to many “The Toughest Race on Earth”.  It’s an ultra, run over 6 days on a course of around 150 miles, in nearly 50C degree heat. The website claims, “Any idiot can run an Ultra marathon, but it takes a special kind of idiot to run the Marathon Des Sables”.  The athletes who run these distances are able to tap into an inner tenacity, that many of us don’t feel we have.

Rob Young had that inner belief.  He also had a very unusual start.  After watching the London Marathon in 2014, his girlfriend bet him 20p that he couldn’t run 26.2 miles.  With an offer like that, what Scot could say no (as a fellow Scot, I am allowed to make that joke).  So Rob got up early the next morning and ran a marathon before work.  He didn’t stop there though – Rob then ran marathons or ultras consecutively for 420 days, covering the same distance as 476 marathons and 11,700 miles in one year.  He won 96 of the races and set some world records on the way.  In January 2015, he set off on a 3,100 mile race across America from LA to Washington DC, which he won by 30 hours, even though in the middle of it he flew back to compete in the London Marathon, an homage to the start of his personal journey.    

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Although Rob had been an athlete when he was young, competing for GB as a triathlete in the 20-24 age group, he hadn’t been running regularly before commencing this amazing feat.  Rob has carried on competing in marathons and ultras.  Studies have shown that his ability to run marathon day after day is extraordinary and that his pain threshold must be very high.  However, athleticism and the ability to tolerate pain do not necessarily make an extreme athlete and he has created purpose from his running that drives him on.  He has raised thousands of pounds for worthy charities that support kids.  He’s a man who clearly believes you are master of your own destiny, deciding to push himself to unparalleled goals and smashing them.    

‘Marathon Men’ don’t have to be athletes.  Eddie Izzard is a hero in our house, ever since my brother introduced me to the ‘Definite Article’ when I was a student.  I know he’s a man of mind over matter.  He has chosen to perform his shows in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic, languages he didn’t even speak, just to challenge himself.  He took this fabulous mindset to endurance running, when in the UK in 2009 and with only 5 weeks training he ran 43 marathons in 51 days, covering 1,100 miles for Sports Relief.  After a foiled attempt in 2012, due to serious medical issues, to run 27 marathons in 27 days in honour of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island, Eddie came back in 2016 to complete the challenge.  For many people, the weight of such a massive previous disappointment might pull them down, but determinedly he forced his way through, promising to himself and the millions of viewers following him that he would run, walk or crawl his way through the blazing 30C degree heat to complete the challenge and help raise over £2 million for Sports Relief.  In his BBC3 documentary, he reads William Ernest Henley’s ‘Invictus’, a poem that inspired the resilience of Nelson Mandela and clearly at times a mantra for Eddie has he fought his way along mile after mile.  Not a natural athlete, but a man whose mental strength allows him to achieve amazing physical feats.  His great recovery tips of how you can have a beer after a marathon as it has carbohydrates and water in it, show he is a man after my own heart.  Yes, I do love him!

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Being a ‘Marathon Man’ is not about gender.  Let us not forget some of the amazing women who have also been an inspiration to us and no, I’m not talking about myself here.  Apparently women in general are 3 x more likely to complete an ultra than men, not because of fitness, but rather because they are less likely to give up.  Ellie Greenwood is a two-time 100K World Champion and holds course records for a variety of ultra races.   She was the first Britain to win South Africa’s 90 km Comrades Marathon (the oldest ultra-marathon in the world)  in 2014, with a time of 6 hours and 18 minutes.  That’s averaging at 14.3 km per hour in sweltering heat.  We also of course have the wonderful Paula Radcliffe, a marathon legend who retired last year, still holding the women’s world marathon record which she made after just a year of marathon running.  She holds 9 other world records and has asthma!  These ladies have given their all.

When I trained for my first marathon a few years ago, I was dreading my big training runs.  The day I ran 20 miles, it was blowing a gale, snowing with sub-zero conditions.  I had to stop various times (which was the first time that had happened in a training run) and came home with a frozen mono-brow and zero belief that I could run 26.2 miles.  Then the weather turned and I galloped round my next long training run, feeling invincible (clearly this was only in my head and I have no doubt that I was actually shuffling along, being overtaken by sprightly pensioners).  Finishing the race a few weeks later, was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I’m not really a runner, but I had said I was going to do it, people had sponsored me, I was being tracked, pac-man style round the route and I didn’t want to let myself down – so I did it!  I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul…

These Marathon Men are amazing and so are you.  The first step on any journey is deciding you’re going to do it.  So go on, sign up at www.runreigate.com and we’ll be there to cheer you on every step of the way.

 

Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Kids

Calling All Superheroes – Run Reigate Kids Race


If you are a parent, many of you will have had your kids waiting for you at the finish line of a big race, wildly cheering you on, proudly telling you they will run a half-marathon one day, whilst manhandling your precious sweaty medal to put on their own little neck?  Well, the Run Reigate team believe that budding running dreams could happen sooner rather than later …

We have been toying with the idea of a kids race since our inaugural year, but wanted to do something different that would capture the imagination of the next generation of runners.  An event that all kids, from reception to teenagers, can proudly take part in.  From there, the idea of a kids half-marathon was born: but not just any half-marathon.  Partnering with Reigate & Banstead Council, the Run Reigate Kids Race is part of the R&BeActive initiative to combat childhood obesity, and is sponsored by global camera and printer giant Canon.

We’re challenging kids to accumulate 12 miles by running regularly through their schools in the months leading up to September. Then, on Run Reigate race day (Sunday 18th) they complete the challenge by taking part in the exciting grand finale –  a 1.1 mile race in Priory Park to achieve the 13.1 miles – their very first half-marathon!    

With the help of our digital partners Jellyfish, we have built a dedicated safe website to track all of the amazing miles they run in the build-up to Race Day, along with some suggested mile long training routes around the local area.  If you’re also training for either our 10K or the half-marathon, maybe they can join you for part of one of your weekly sessions, or whilst you’re on holiday, making training a real family affair.  All local schools will be participating in the challenge, so kids can be part of their bigger school team, running with their teachers, inspiring their classmates and in turn being motivated by others.  Apart from the high quality bling, there will also be prizes for the winners in each age category.

If this is all sounds tempting, you might have some questions:

What do I need to do?  

You can register your kids at www.runreigate.com

Is there an age limit?  

Any school child can take place, from age 4 in Reception to age 15 in Year 11!  15 year olds have the option of either running the kids’ half-marathon or in the main 10K event.

Do they have to do the 12 miles in advance?  

Only if they want to.  If they prefer, they can simply join in and run for fun on Race Day

Is my school involved?  

Yes, every school in Reigate & Banstead has been invited to participate, so you should hear about it soon from them.

What time is it?  

There will be 5 kids races split into class year groups:

  • 12.00 – Years 11, 10 & 9
  • 12.10 – Years 8 & 7
  • 12.20 – Years 6, 5 & 4
  • 12.35 – Years 3 & 2
  • 12.50 – Year 1 & Reception.

How many places are there?  

As this event will be popular, we are limiting the 2016 race to 2,000 places in total.

How much does it cost?  

£12, which covers the cost of running the event, a technical race t-shirt and an amazing medal – the same one as the adult half-marathon and 10K runners will receive!  It’ll stop them from nabbing yours.

Can they run for charity?  

Yes!  We will provide entrants with a sponsorship form where they can raise money (e.g. £1 per mile) and run for a charity of their choosing or one of ours.

What else will there be for kids to do?  

There will be a host of FREE fun activities for kids of all ages in the Move Revolution Kids Active Zone (last year we hosted over 1,500 kids who didn’t want to leave!).  There will also be live music, ice-cream, gourmet burgers, fresh pizza and smoothies in the Food Festival.

What about parking?  

We’ll have hundreds of parking spaces within a 5 minute walk of Priory Park.

Loos?  

Don’t worry….there are loads (and loads) of loos in the park.

Run Reigate has become a fantastic community focused event in Priory Park with an amazing atmosphere and a great day out for the whole family!   The addition of the Kids Race will make it even bigger and better and we’d love to have you and your children there, helping us make history as the UK’s first kids half-marathon.  

If you would like to enter the Kids Race, 10K or Half-Marathon, please register at www.runreigate.com.  Any questions, that are not covered online, please feel free to get in touch at karen.hanmore@runreigate.co.uk

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Join the fancy-dress parade!


Jonathan Pyle (Founder of The Purple Teapot Puppet Company) – talks to the Run Reigate team about dressing up for race day and why fancy dress is the way forward!

This will be my third Reigate Half Marathon for the Children’s Trust. Two years ago I ran to test my own level of fitness, impress my wife and children and at the same time raise some money for a very worthy cause. Last year ,however, I decided to do something a bit different, in an effort to increase the amount of sponsorship money I raised.

 As a result of reaching my target last year, I ran the half marathon in a horse costume. (Usually you inflate them but I filled mine up with cushions and material I found lying around the house as inflating it wasn’t an option !)

What I could never have anticipated, however, was the joy and fun it brought to all those children (and grown-ups) who came out to support us as we ran through their villages and past their houses giving us the vital support, encouragement and jelly babies we needed to keep us going. I could see children far in the distance pointing to ‘the funny man on a donkey’ and as I ran past ‘attempt’ to go into a trot. Not only that, but the encouragement from other runners and stewards on the day was one of the most heart-warming experiences I have ever had.

This year I will be running the half marathon in a different ‘costume.’ Again I will look silly and it may knock around 20 minutes off my personal best but it will be worth it to give something back to all those children (and grown-ups) who cheered me, and you, on last year. It would be wonderful to see more people ‘dress up’ for this year’s half marathon and put a smile on the faces of those that support us, irrespective of the charity you run are running for, maybe even raising more money in the process.

Jonathan Pyle (Founder of The Purple Teapot Puppet Company) 

http://purpleteapot.co.uk

 

 

 

Who are Jellyfish?


Run Reigate, now in it’s third year, has partnered with digital marketing agency, Jellyfish since this extravaganza of an event was first launched in 2014.

As the event continues to grow year on year; with the introduction of a new 10k in 2015, and a kids race due for 2016 (you heard it here first!), Jellyfish have been supporting and powering Run Reigate every step of the way. But what exactly has the partnership involved to date?

 

Brand development and creative

Jellyfish Creative Director Richard West wanted to ensure the brand had integrity from the start with strength, clarity and assets that were created specifically for – and owned by – Run Reigate. For the branding, that develops year-on-year, the colour pallet, font and look and feel are designed to be accessible, transferable designs across all assets and to depict a sense of movement for the races. Creative Designer, Ryan Phillips, created custom illustrations with a unique feel his inspiration journey looked like this:

  • Wanting a technical sporty feel
  • Looking at sports designs through the ages
  • Inspired by retro 70’s and 80’s sports designs
  • Balancing that with classic tennis shirts
  • Refining and honing so they are truly unique

As the race grows the brand grows, for example the introduction of new races sees the introduction of new colour pallets, the evolution of patterns and textures and greater sophistication over time.

Digital marketing agency Jellyfish's t-shirt design

Digital marketing agency Jellyfish’s t-shirt design

 

 

Website development

The website follows the Run Reigate identity. Website creation at Jellyfish follows a process that draws from experts in coding, design, SEO and analytics, conversion optimisation and usability, drawing from and getting sign off from leaders in each field. The first site was a simple landing page and as the event has grown so has its ‘shop front’ for attendees. As a result the latest website was built, with lots of work behind the scenes, such as:

  • Built the site for SEO with meta descriptions and keywords search for content creation
  • Efficient information architecture with well-structured page levels and content for optimised performance – getting people get to their destination as quickly as possible
  • Retained site content-richness with domain content migration for topical posts and keywords
  • Assured backlink profile protection so there were no 404 pages on launch through consistent page structure and redirects where necessary
  • Integration with third party suppliers for the likes of data capture downloads for the Run Reigate team and pre-population for the results site for runners

 

Social and SEO

Throughout Run Reigate and Jellyfish’s partnership Jellyfish started out fully managing their social media and have provided SEO services. Now Run Reigate manage their own social channels based on audits, recommendations and training. In summary here are some of the ways Jellyfish support Run Reigate’s online presence:

  • An SEO and Social Audit to establish quick wins and long term strategical recommendations
  • Social training for the Run Reigate team with emphasis on increasing brand social mentions
  • An infographic was created for placement on charity and other websites for backlinks
  • Website analysis including all labelling, meta descriptions, keyword analysis for what words the team should be using in the content and much more….

So now you know who Jellyfish are, don’t be a stranger and say hello at the event! In the meantime we’ll continue to help power brand and everything digital for the crazy people that love running so much they made this inspirational event out of it for everyone in Reigate and beyond!

Genieve Poultney

5 achievable Half Marathon running tips from a non-pro


I am not a professional runner. Sure, I go to the gym and do a bit of military fitness every now and then, but I did the Half Marathon for the first time last year in 2:05 and beat my time this year by 15 minutes!

As a result, I wanted to share some of the things that keep me striving as a ‘normal’ person that runs.

Don’t expect any science or Olympian insights – just potential considerations for Runing Reigate in 2016:

Getting over the hump

Like with a 10k, or any long run, the first twenty minutes is the hardest. After that you should have found a pace you can settle into. That’s when I get the most joy out of running and it becomes a pleasure rather than a chore. Don’t give up before it gets good!

Helpful habits

Routine really helps my training. I like to stick to the days and times I run, for example. But essentially anything you can do to take the ‘thinking’ out of training and be psychologically prepared.

I drink water but also got into a habit of having a cup of coffee before a long run (if I was happy I was hydrated enough). It may not be the most advisable option but I felt like it gave me a smidgen more energy! It may even be a placebo! But this was just another thing that gets me feeling ready in body and mind.

Pace vs. duration

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I run at a slower pace on longer runs, there’s a natural correlation, and in turn it helps to balance out my heart rate BPM (beats per minute).

If my heart rate increased by more than ten BPM during training I would be inclined to slow down in order to ensure I was training within a healthy parameter.

It’s all common sense, but using a Fitbit or other running tracker (like the Strava app) makes you a health-aware runner who can look after yourself in good time, if the data shows you may need to.

Mix up your route

What will the route terrain be like on the day? You can’t predict the weather but you can get a feel for the land by trialling the course!

The route changed this year and there was a much steeper hill at the end (bosh hill). I would highly recommend running the course beforehand if you’ve not already to get a sense of the challenge ahead.

If it’s too far just take a more varied route once in a while so you know you can handle a change in terrain.

Comfort kit all the way!

I bought some adidas ultra-boost running shoes at this years’ Run Reigate post-race.

I wish I’d had them beforehand now, they are a dream. I’d liken it to feeling like you are running on marshmallows! They feel like they are really good for your knees too and the overall ergonomics of running.

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My Half Marathon Running Diary 2015

For each run I had a goal in mind, something to aim towards, as a result I often exceeded it!

(On August 21st I was running with a friend – so this was more of a social than anything! Luckily she is a fitty and was happy with the pace I set.)

Date Kilometres Miles Pace Time Heart BPM
17th August 19.59 12.17 5”49 1:54:12 153
19th August 13.71 8.52 5”39 1:17:35 158
21st August 7.09 4.41 6”03 42:59 156
9th September 19.13 11.88 5”26 1:44:05 161

 

I still went to the gym and did military fitness in between runs, if I hadn’t I would have run more.

Mixing it up used different muscle groups though and made me feel stronger for when I did run.

So that’s it, from one non-pro runner to another. Maybe I’ll see you there next year!

Genevieve Poultney

(Part of the Jellyfish running team)

Jellyfish Running Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any unusual running habits? We’d love to know…

 

Olympian Shireen Bailey welcomes you to Run Reigate

Race welcome


Hi all,
A big welcome to Reigate’s first ever Half Marathon! We are all very excited about it, the route has been carefully planned around Reigate, and it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere. Friends and family can cheer you on and of course we start and finish in lovely Priory Park.
Whether you are a seasoned runner, a fun runner or someone who has just thought about running, please set yourself a goal and enter this historic event, especially if you live locally! Running is so good for you, physically and mentally – it burns calories faster than many other activities, it boosts your cardiovascular health and your body’s immunity to illness. Running improves your blood cholesterol level, fights diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis. Best of all, it improves your confidence by helping lose weight, releasing endorphins and keeping you fit and motivated. What is there to lose!?
If you can, please run for one of our charities and help raise vital funds. There is plenty of time to train for this great event and reap the benefits of a healthier, fitter you.
I hope to see you there on the day.
Best wishes
Shireen Bailey
800m semi finalist and 1500m finalist, Seoul Olympics 1988
Second British girl to break 2 mins for the 800m
Running Coach and Reigate & Banstead resident

Charities, Sponsors and Parnters


CHARITIES – PLEASE RUN AND HELP OTHERS

The adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon is proudly promoting health, fitness and wellbeing whilst helping others less fortunate in our community. We are strongly supporting a few local and very deserving charities who need all the help we can give them.

Please consider using the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon as an opportunity to get involved, get sponsored and really make a difference. If you’d like to to help, please contact the charities listed who would love to hear from you.

To view our chosen charities please click here.

Thank you!

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Run Reigate, organisers of the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon, would like to invite organisations large or small to become part of this unique and inspirational annual event.
With Reigate being voted in 2013 as one of the Sunday Times best places to live in the South East, there are great opportunities for business and community alike to be involved in a high profile, large scale event that will attract large numbers of participants, visitors and spectators.
We have a range of partnership opportunities available:

  • Financial sponsorship
  • Goods and services
  • Transport
  • Media
  • Volunteers

We would be very pleased to tailor a sponsorship package to suit your exact requirements:

  • Partnership in a high profile, professionally managed event with associated publicity
  • Strong branding opportunity at the event, and on all publicity and race materials
  • Positive profile with community, participants and employees
  • Branding opportunity on commemorative T-shirt and medal (main sponsor)
  • VIP hospitality at the event
  • Promotion of our sponsors to participants and supporters
  • Complimentary race places and reduced team places
  • Sponsor logo and website link on every page of event website
  • Branding and publicity in participant emails, newsletters and social media

For a full list of sponsors please click here.

For a full list of partners please click here.
For further information on how to become part of this unique Reigate event, please get in contact and we will respond to you as quickly as we can.