18th Jan 2009
I did a long long report
I am afraid i couldnt even think straight, hey though, maybe eddy stopped me walking
Well those inveterate liars, the BBC weather forecasting team, managed to surpass themselves today "severe gales, sleet and rain" - mmmmmmmmm. And to think these people are paid with my licence fee!
Great run, thanks and congrats to Knavesmere Runners.
When I packed my bag this morning I made a mental note that my old running kit bag had seen better days and it was time to replace it!
I have a fetch blog
will post report now
I know I have had a rough week health wise, but I was still hopeful of a pb in this race as it is so flat and my previous PB was set on a hillier course in warmer weather.
The weather was almost perfect for running, hardly the gales and rain we had been forecast, and it was cold, but not cold enough for ice.Perfect!
I felt very intimidated at the start, because this is such a pb course there were lots of very seriously lean and mean runners about the place.I felt a bit like I should not be there.Happily, I soon bumped into a load of people I knew and had a lovely half an hour socialising and joking to take my mind off race nerves.
So, down to brass tacks.
A rather slow congested start, but it didn’t matter, we had chip timing, and then we were off.
I always do the first two miles of a race too fast, it tkes me about 30 minutes to settle in, but even so I was a bit horrified to note eight and a half minute miles on the garmin.
“Ill pay for this later”, I thought grimly to myself
Sure enough, by mile three my guts started cramping badly.I tried to slow it down but was still sub 9 minute miling.
Miles 4 and 5 were a struggle, but I am told we were running into the wind at that point, I cant remember.I wa still overtaking people and was rather surprised to see how hard some people were running at only five miles in.
In my head, I was breaking the race down into fractions and percentages of two hours(120 is a nice divisble number isnt it). Only another 90 minutes of this crap to put up with, and so on(yes, I ws suffering).The hour seemed to be taking AGES to get to.
I noted my 10k time at 53.51 and then after that my brain stopped computing figures at all.
Mile seven is always a struggle for me in this race, im not sure if it’s the shapr turn, or the people cheering at Appleton Roebuck, but its been a walking point for me several times.i desperately wanted to walk byt now, and my guts kept threatening to make me stop.Somehow, I carried on, but now people were overtaking me and I was outside nine minute miling.I knew things were going to get worse, as I hadnt reached ninety minutes yet(always a bad point for me in any race).
I kept telling myself that bad patches pass, and they did, only to return again a few minutes later.By now I had no idea what sort of time I was going to do, but was just determined not to walk.I don’t walk in half marathons anymore.
Eventually, finally, I saw the ten mile marker and vaguely realised that I was one or two minutes inside my pb (1.28 something, don’t ask).
This shoild have been a high point for me.I tried telling myself that I now had less than thirty minutes to go but in truth I had no idea how I was going to finish at all, I felt AWFUL.I struggled on, slowing down when the cramps got too bad, just willing myself over each point two of a mile(yes, I was fixated on the bloody garmin)
Everyone else seemeed to be speeding up on the home straight.I had absolutely nothing left and wasn’t sure how I was going to do the last two miles.
As I struggled up the hill to the bridge I reasoned that I might still get a sub two, but as there is a bit of a clinb at mile 12, knew that I couldn’t do a pb.
The marshals and fetchies were lovely, and very vocal in their support and encouragement, but I could barely hear by this point.
I will never know how I did not walk at mile 12, but I didn’t and eventually the interminable road was at an end, and we turned off to the racecourse.By now I had forced myself to stop looking at my garmin.My guts were agony, and I didn’t want the psychological additional stress of knowing how far off my pb I was.
I managed a strong, though not a sprint finish, and my first reaction on seeing 1.57.46 was disappointment.
Could I have pushed a bit harder for a few more seconds?
Well, no, I couldn’t.
Sorry about too much information, but lets just say I had bloody diarrhoea post race.
I didn’t need anything else to tell me I had pushed my body hard enough then.
God help me, sitting on the loo, I was already thinking that I had another two halves to do in March, plenty of time for a pb, and that I should be pleased with a sub two(anything to take my mind off the pain in my guts).
It took me about two hours to feel normal again, and sorry I didn’t go to the pub, and sorry if I was short with any of you lovely people who spoke to me post race, but OH was in a grumpy strop and we had to go, and my brain just wasn’t working.
On the journey home, I had just got my head around what had happened, and was feeling quite pragmatic about everything when a mate texted me my paddock Wood time form last year.
I did a pb by one whole bloody second-LOL!
Now that I am home, it would seem I have also done a 12 second 10k pb
Off to find a 10 miler and a 10k to do soon, and lets se what happens in March
4.8.43(slow at water station)
swittle, you didnt seem the sentimental type to me
More great results!
Great times from everyone. Well done!
Hippo - you did really well especially when your tummy was playing up. It doesn't matter about what other people do just yourself. One of our club members has been getting really emotional tonight because she got a pb today. She was wondering if she had gone over the top because she finished nearly an hour behind our fastest member, but she did amazingly well, got a massive pb and we are proud of her. Congratulate yourself and enjoy it!
Your sheer determination makes me feel like a bit of a wimp PH well done on a really brave effort, I was on target for a PB at halfway in around 50.30 , initially looking good 7.41, 7.41, 7.41, 7.41 for the first 4 miles..consistant or what but as soon as i got to halfway my hamstring started tweaking (technical term for hurting) so did a rather sad positive split but still ended up with 1.45.01 my 4th fastest half ever so happy days.
big thankyou as always to the great Knavesmire organisation, no wonder this race fills up so quick and yep have to agree with the comments about the weather forecasting, almost perfect conditions rather than the blizzards and gales expected.
didn't manage to meet anyone beforehand but did bump into LMH at the end and said hello, there again we did finish within 4 seconds of each other so not surprising really.
well done to everyone especially the PB brigade, maybe next time for me but still happy !
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