feeling sick now!
Evening all. Completed my first half marathon in 1:48:35. Delighted. Have two more in April and May. Thanks for all the advice on the forums
Great race reports, Susie & Toby! Now before i have a taste of my own medicine and get nagged, here's mine.
Up at 6.30am, eating porridge, ea & toast by 7am, and out the door by 7.30 - yawn! 2 hours drive to the New Forest, arrived just in time to collect race number, queue for loo etc. 1 mile walk to the start along a crowded narrow pavement so no chance of a warm up jog, then at the start of a forest trail the Start sign could be seen. Rest of my family arrived on their bikes just as we were called to the start so I reluctantly peeled off my fleece jacket. The wind was bitterly cold and I'd struggled to decide what to wear knowing how hot I get in races vs. how cold the wind was! I finally decided on 2 long sleeve tops, no jacket, running tights, headband and gloves.
As we set off, the first 4 miles were fairly unexciting, through dusty trails of tall fir trees. My shoelace came undone in the first mile, but that was the only excitement. The trails were fairly narrow and I was trying to keep to an even pace, between 10:18 (for a 2:15 finish) and 10:32 (to match my Bristol HM time). When I passed the mile 5 marker, my Garmin was only reading 4.8M which was confusing, and it continued to be out all the way round. Hopefully it was just because it lost the satelites under the trees, and not because the course was short!
At mile 6 we emerged onto Beaulieu Heath. The phrase 'the blasted heath' kept crossing my mind, because this was flat, had no trees for shelter, and was just totally windswept. The poor marshalls all looked frozen, but were still managing to smile and shout encouragement. It was really horrible running round here and I was relieved when at mile 8 we dropped down, and onto the off road section. I had a gel here just to make sure I had enough energy for the end of the race.
We had been warned that if the weather was wet then trail shoes would be appropriate. I just wore my road shoes as its been so dry lately. However I still managed to find lots of mud, lots of places where there was no discernible path and you just had to pick your way over it. At one enourmous boggy bit the marshall was directing us to try and jump onto a log and then off the other side, but I couldn't jump that far so he held my hand to help me. What a gent!
From mile 10 the route was beautiful. Through 'proper' forest, sheltered from the wind, over a little bridge over a river, through daffodills. Really pretty. Some uphill bits around mile 11, but I managed to run up them and even passed the group of people I'd been seeing in the distance for the entire race.
The concrete railway bridge was hard on the legs, but as I crossed it I could see the college and knew we were nearly back. As I came round the corner of the building I knew the finish line was just there .... and then I was directed to run round the field before heading for the line (curses!) Just before the last corner the man in front of me collapsed. As I stopped to make sure he was okay, a friend of his ran towards us shouting "Asthmatic! He's asthmatic!" We got him to his feet and ran to the line where the St John's ambulance folk sprinted towards him, delighted to have something to do.(My daughter saw him a little later - sat with a blanket around him, looking fine. Phew!)
Crossing the line the clock said 2:16 something, my Garmin said 2:15:55, and my official time is 2:17 something (because I was held up in the funnel behind the asthmatic man) I'm taking 2:15:54 My garmin finally said I'd run 13.0 miles, so I caught up a little!
Splits were 10:06, 10:11, 9:59, 10:34, 10:41, 10:43, 10:37, 10:40, 10:31, 10:40, 10:23, 11:05, 9:46 Very pleased my last mile was my fastest!
Some fantastic race reports there; well done everyone!
B&T - no more videos from me! I've been concentrating more on the race report side of things and got some good ones up on my running club's website . Which reminds me, do you have the link for your blog please? I used to really enjoy reading it and since I've not been online for so long I've forgotten how to access it! And well done for your last mile being the fastest, great effort there.
Grant - That's a cracking time for your first ever half marathon, you must be beaming
well 10 miles for me today and what a beautiful one it was must be the hottest day we've had in a long time first time out without a jacket
Dee congratulations on the win
CW - how did you get on with the Guide 5 shoes?
Sal - well done re Sun's run. On Sat I 'almost' wore my shorts and did without my jacket (almost!)
B&T - huge well done re your new HM peebee! Enjoyed the race report - nice of that marshal to help you over log.
Dee - hope hips have recovered by now. Hope race pack has arrived by now And woo-hoo to winning competition!
Jonny - glad calf/achilles were fine after football.
Susie - enjoyed race report - shame it was so monotonous. How long did you follow pink y-front man before deciding you probably 'could' overtake him?
Toby - well done to you and Mrs Toby for your new peebees - enjoyed the race report.
Grant - congrats re HM result.
TR - B&T has moved her blog - new address is 'www.blackandtabbyruns.co.uk'. You'll like the pre-race photo .. B&T being well 'ard you understand.
Ran with the club last night and had a good 'un. A clubmate called Val who I often chase after suggested we ran together. We did and completed the 4.7ml figure-of-eight course in 45:30 - avg pace was 9:40 mm so I was very pleased with that. I'm working late tomorrow so will miss Wed's club run - will go out by myself instead.
Dee - Well done on the win.
Mel - Early days but seem to be getting on well with the guides, one easy run and a
tempo run done in them, Seem to be light with enough support. Great club run
Grant - nice race - keep this up and your time will get quicker.
Just under 5 mile tempo run done - undualiting pace not to bad and HR smack on.
well did 10 miles on Tuesday and then was ordered by the O/H to take a couple of rest days i think she wants me fit enough to go out with her on Saturday as she has 18 miles to do plus the fact i also have a 20 do do on Friday which i may well push up to a 22
So rest and foam roller-ed yesterday and the same to day
Dee glad the race pack finally arrived one less think to worry about
Lots of posts and fab race reviews
Huge well done to those that raced last Sunday sounds like all the training in all the horrid weather we have had is worth it.
Speediersal well done on your interval training and good luck for your imminent race.
Dee glad you got your race pack before having to phone them up and give them a piece of your mind, I always get very excited when the pack arrives. Congrats on winning some new trainers - can you choose which ones you want from a range?
B&T will have a look at your blog later when I am home from work - I like a good running blog.
Had a few runs this week including a tempo run of 5 miles with 2 at easy pace - struggled to maintain pace at 8.20 going up hills but was otherwise consistent. I have a 4 mile easy/steady run planned for this evening after work.
Have also done 2 pilates and 1 yoga class along with foam rollering and spiky balling (if thats a word!!) as really trying to improve my flexibility - can just about touch my knees on a bad day and my shins on a really good day. Apparently my glutes and hamstrings are overly dominant and therefore tight and my hip flexors are too long causing my pelvis to be posteriorly tilted which is the complete opposite of most runners .
Anyway enough of my blathering... enjoy your running everyone
Lisa - I never said it was a GOOD blog!!! Lots of waffle and some photos (never learnt the art of brevity - Twitter is a trial!) Why is it that whatever Physios say always sounds awful??!! Sounds like you have a plan to sort it out though
Toby - Ultra for you next???? With trainin glike you're doing you'll be so ready for one!
Off to go & get ready for this costume fitting. For someone who happily trots round in broad daylight in skin tight lycra I'm surprisingly nervous about what I'll have to wear.....
Thanks everyone, flat course but still pleased. Would have been happy with anything under 2 hours. Managed a six mile run on Wednesday and the legs are feeling ok.
Congratulations to everyone who ran half marathons at the weekend and to anyone who managed a PB.
All the best to anyone who is running at the weekend. Now to get back to putting the miles in for the Edinburgh Rock N Roll half in April
Dee - glad to hear hips have recovered. Yay! to race pack arriving
CW - glad the guide 5 shoes are okay (I thought the same - light but supportive)
B&T - no problem re promoting blog (cheque in post?) Sooo .. do we get see you in said corset
Toby - good training going on I see - glad Mrs Toby has made you rest a bit
Lisa - had to read that description twice to understand it
*waves* to everyone else
No running for me since Mon's club run and won't manage any more now as we are away for next two weeks. Off on a Northern Lights cruise up coast of Norway - will attempt to add some blog entries while away (wtnmel.blogspot.co.uk) but no promises as I have no idea what (if any) wifi will be available.
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