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I would like to say big "HELLO" to everyone.

I am UK expat living in Prague, Czech Republic.

Years ago as a late teen used to run every night with a friend at least seven miles!!
However due to finances (or should that be lack of it as skint teen) I could never attempt proper half marathon etc.
Also did not have decent running shoes or clothes so although keen, tried a running club but felt like an idiot when everyone else had expensive running gear!:embarrassed:

Anyway now been thinking for a while I need to get fit and maybe finally try my crazy idea of running a half marathon!

Im in early 30s and think its now or never! So with that have decided going to start training.

I had thought of Prague half marathon and Prague marathon. However they are too soon. Half marathon in March, full marathon May I think. Dont want to rush things and put myself off. Like the say 'slow and steady wins the race!'

So as I am from the North East decided on the GNR!! Realise its choc full of people, but I could easily get to Newcastle and have no worries with accom as can stay with parents. So would be less nerve wracking running in a place I know.

GNR is in September so think this would give me 8 months to get fit enough to complete it in a decent time.
Then maybe March 2008 do the Prague HM or even the full marathon!!

Is this realistic GNR in September considering Ive never ran for years?
Ive entered the charity ballot, is it hard to get one of these places? What are my options for getting a place in 2007 GNR?

Looking forward to reading your posts and getting some tips!

Prahalady
PS, will be doing any half marathons on my own!
 

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I should think September should be achievable but you might want to look for some 5K or 10K races before then just to give you a flavour for the race atmosphere. Have a look ar www.halhigdon.com for training plans or your may prefer to follow a run/walk training program so have a look at www.runinjuryfree.com.
 

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Thanks Steady Edwina,

Two really good website full of info. Thanks will look through both of these today and get some much needed tips!

Thanks
Prahalady
 

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Hi Prahalady,

I would agree with SteadyEdwina.....get yourself into some shorter races before jumping into a 1/2m.

If you fancy the GNR you will need to register ASAP...check the website for it...don't know it's address but I'm sure you can find easily enough.

Are there any running clubs, as opposed to athletic clubs, in Prague you could join? Much easier to keep motivated if you have someone to run with.

If you are able I would recommend that you spend some money on a decent pair of running shoes fitted by a running specialist after a gait analysis. Also buy a wicking running top...you'll need it running out there. With such kit you shouldn't feel out of place ata running club.

I ran the Prague Marathon in May 2005...it was bloomin' hot!
 

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Hi Prahalady,

September sounds a realistic timescale to aim for the half marathon, my sister-in-law has run the GNR a couple of times and loves it, not the best for a PB apparently as there are so many people who run.

As for running tips, I'm still learning the trade, but my advice would be take it steady at first and don't try running too far too soon.

Hope all goes well

Granty.
 

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Thanks for warm welcome.

Had a look around the forum and some good posts with plenty too keep me busy!

You all seam friendly and thats good for newbies like me. Dont feel so bad asking daft questions!!

Prahalady
 
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