I'm on the fence....

I have been seriously thinking about training for a half-marathon. I've been jogging for about a year now and have definitely increased my speed and stamina but I am still pretty slow compared to most people. Here are my race times since I've been running in order of when I ran them:

10k- 1:17:17
5k- 35:23
10k- 1:12:57
9k- 1:04:57

The half-marathon I am thinking about running is only in 7 weeks which is not much training time. I am not too concerned about finishing, but the big problem is that in this particular marathon, you have to qualify. And, I would have to run a 5k in the next month in 31 minutes or under in order to qualify which is a LOT faster than I am currently running. So, my plan is to start working on my pace and give it a shot. We'll see if it happens or not.
On a similar note, does anyone have the Garmin Forerunner 205 or 305? I really want one to keep my pace, but I'm not sure that a) I want to spend the $, and b) if I do, which one I should get. It seems the only difference is that the 305 has a heart rate monitor. Do I really need that?


DESJ and Company said...

I run half marathons.
They're lots of fun.
Just ran one this past Sunday! I'm not fast but I finish :)

Anonymous said...

I love my 305. Not too bulky on wrist. Uploading to Gamin Training Center allows me to monitor my progress. I also cycle so I use the heart monitor and cadence sensor.

Sara said...

Thanks for the push! I did it and bot the Garmin forerunner 305...figured I might as well monitor heart rate and I got a great price. So, I am going to start posting update on my status.

Charming Lamb said...

You TOTALLY need the HRM. It's a great way to make sure you are staying in the zone.

I have the 305 and it ROCKS!