Ok, brace yourself, here come the excuses for my 1:55 Reading HM

(oh the embarrassment!)

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17/03/2013 at 17:00

Aim high David

17/03/2013 at 17:07

Oh I think the bunny beat you, by about a mile I would think

17/03/2013 at 17:08
I'd like to say there's no shame in that time David. But Seren's quicker bwahahaha
17/03/2013 at 17:12
I thought you were going to run it
17/03/2013 at 17:13
Serens quicker ? Even I'm quicker. Teehee

Nasty day tho, well done DF
seren nos    pirate
17/03/2013 at 17:16

Dave...I bet you didn't listen to my top tip and have fish and chips with bread and butter and beer for dinner last night..........

if you did you wouldn't have had any of that stomach problems........

were you in the top half of the results though


good job you didn't get into London or the last 13 miles would have had you walking to a very slow time 


Hope you recover quickly 


17/03/2013 at 17:19
Every race is a learning experience. Well done at sticking at in those conditions.
At least you have a few things to work on for your next lot of training.
Hopefully the conditions will be better in May.
17/03/2013 at 17:22

Adverse weather conditions can put the body under far more stress than is generally appreciated.

Cramps and stomach problems are but symptoms of the stress involved.

Excuses no. I'd say valid reasons.

seren nos    pirate
17/03/2013 at 17:24

Ric f..surely  the conditions were perfect.the same conditions that people have been able to train in for the last 4 months.........

adverse conditions would have been a heatwave after months of rain and cold.........

17/03/2013 at 17:32

Never mind, David, 1:55 is still a respectable time and will probably be enough to get you in the top half. My top tip for next time would be to make sure you have a poo before the start. But at least you're pretty much guaranteed to beat it next time.

Oh, and start running a bit further if you're really planning to 'complete' a marathon at the start of May. 

Tommygun2    pirate
17/03/2013 at 17:34
Welcome David
At least you are man enough to put this post up...... Things don't always work out on race day.
I would say get off the treadmill and do some running out
17/03/2013 at 17:46
You should have done Fleet, it was warm and sunny (ok that's not strictly true ... )
17/03/2013 at 18:29

Ah well now you can give out authoritative advice on what not to do


17/03/2013 at 18:34

you seem to have made so many standard mistakes that your fate was sealed before the day (it had zip to do with not wearing gloves)

tough learning day but hopefully you pick the bones out of it to improve in the future.


Edited: 17/03/2013 at 18:34
17/03/2013 at 18:43

If it makes you feel any better, despite going for a wee twice before the race, I had to stop for one at 4 miles and, because there was a queue, I will be out of my target time by about 5 minutes.

Live and learn eh?

17/03/2013 at 19:08

David, nice list.Add ditching the treadmill, and some more runs and you won't be too far off smashing that next time.

Ric, come on son, it was Reading in March, not Thailand  in Monsoon season!

17/03/2013 at 19:21

Cancel the gym membership, save yourself some money and toughen up by running outside!! Well done though for not giving up and many would be very happy with a 1h55.

17/03/2013 at 19:21

Put it down as a bad day at the office DF3. Sit back, and think about doing more training specific to the half marathon, and it will soon be a distant memory.

Although it was wet, it wasn't exactly Wokingham conditions either, let alone Thailand

17/03/2013 at 19:49

David you have never come across as a malicious person for all your stirring. I hope your next race goes better for you.

Good strategy though, are you sure you don't work in PR not IT?


17/03/2013 at 19:49

Er, your garmin connect reckons it was 6 degrees... but 'felt like' 3 to people without gloves on.

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