Bristol half marathon

I am moving to Bristol mid-September to start a graduate entry medicine course. I am so excited about this but also very sad to be leaving London and all my wonderful Team Naturally Run ladies 🙁 It happens that the Bristol half marathon is the weekend after I move in and I thought it would be a great way to discover the city. Plus I still stand by my running tip that signing up for a race is one of the best way to keep motivated to run. For the past three years, I have run the Run to the Beat autumn half marathon. It’s the only half-marathon route I know and I am actually quite excited about discovering a new route.



I have 12 weeks to train and really would like to beat my 1/2 marathon PB and finish in less than 2h. I am still a bit undecided on which training plan to use. I just know that I don’t want it to included more than 3-4 runs/week so I can get a chance to cross-train. My shin has been sliiiiiightly bothering me, so I want to allow plenty of time to get stronger and stretch.

Do you have any training plan to suggest?


  • Bethan says:

    No training tips I am afraid, but lots of love for Bristol! I did my undergrad there and it is an awesome city and a great university – am very envious! One heads up though, you are going to get awesome at running up and down hills!

  • Rachel says:

    I’d love to do this half! I got my 10k and half marathon PBs while doing minimal running, just a couple of good quality runs a week with sprint interval training but mostly cross training, so you definitely don’t have to spend all week running to do well 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Yeah pretty much, I always followed strict plans from Hal Higdon etc before but then I decided I didn’t want to have to keep giving up other areas of fitness every time I had a race to train for so I started to work my running around them instead and it worked great. I got so much faster. For my last half I just did one long slow run each week and one or two short interval sessions on the treadmill, everything else I did was strength training and group classes.It might not work for everybody but I don’t think I’d do it any other way from now on!

  • Bristol half sounds like a good one! I didn’t follow a set training plan when I ran my sub-2, although I did make sure I ran a tempo run and an interval session each week and that massively helped.

  • Hy Peachy! Congratulations on getting into Bristol – that’s amazing news. So exciting. I’ll be looking forward to hearing more and comparing your experiences! Well done!

  • Emilie says:

    You will love Bristol!

  • I completely agree that the best way to keep running is to keep signing up for goal races! It is the only thing that keeps me accountable. I used for my most recent half-marathon and improved my time by several minutes. Good luck!!

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