Hi SaraD - Yes, I am training for a half marathon. You might say that I'm constantly training for one, because my goal is to run 5 in 5 months this running season! (I'm in Florida, so we run races in the winter!) I just finished the first one last Sunday, the next one is Dec 14. I've run 5 half's and one full marathon, and a whole bunch of shorter races (5K, 10K, 5 mile, etc).
The half marathon is my favorite distance. It's long enough to be challenging, but it is accessible to a broad range of runners. It still is a big "event" usually too, but without the MUCH greater effort that a full marathon requires. I call it "all of the fun, with less than half the work" of a full marathon.
Most beginner half marathon plans have you doing long runs of up to 10 miles before the race, so you are right on target, IMO, allowing for a two week taper. That's pretty much what I did before my first half too, and it went just fine. Since I've been running for a while, my normal weekly long run is 9-12 miles. I went up to 15 before this last race.
Advice? DON'Ts -- Don't wear or eat any thing new or different on race day, the results may be ... unpleasant. Don't start out too fast! Don't worry about your time, this is your first, so will be an automatic personal record. It only gets faster from there!
DO - Walk through the water stops, you'll get a better drink and give your legs a break. Just relax and enjoy the experience because participation in a race event is a blast! Smile for the camera!
And do tell us how it goes ...
As a benchmark, if you're interested ... my first half marathon was in 2002, at age 42. I was a brand new runner, egged on my my marathon-running sister to attempt this. I had never been particularly "sporty" as a kid, so participating in ANY kind event like this was something brand new to me. We ran it together ... I was one of those run/walkers, using 10 min jog/1 min walk intervals. It was a BIG challenge for me, but I finished in 2:38. I teared up as I crossed the finish line, overwhelmed by the feeling of accomplishment. My goal had been simply to get through it before they closed the course at 3 hours (and not be last). Goal achieved !!!
Last Sunday, I finished in 2:01.