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

(oh the embarrassment!)

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17/03/2013 at 16:54

Right, so you know me, I dont like when people start giving out excuses etc and dont just suck it up...... but damnit Im going to do it anyway.

So started out OK, feeling fine .... and got to the 10k mark in around 51 minutes ..... spot on for a 1:45 finish.

And (here is where I introduce exhibit A for the defense) I actually bumped into Karl the rabbit just after the 10k mark and had a quick chat to him, so it wasnt like I ran to 10k and was dying on my arse. Im sure he can verify my account here So basically we are halfway into the race, and Im on track for sneaking in under 1:45 ....

But then disaster hit ..... my stomach started getting cramps like it wanted me to find the nearest toilet, sit down with a magazine and spend the next 20 minutes wishing the pain that was inside me would go away out the other end ...... so that slowed me down ...... and I never recovered from that, add to that a leg cramp at the 12.5 mile mark (I swear Im not being a wimp, it was a full on cramp) and I was reduced to a slow jog to finish.

So anyway thats my excuses out there. I would also like to add I was soaking wet waiting for the race to start (as was everyone obviously) and I was freezing cold ... actually it did bring home a slight flaw in my 'do everything in the gym' policy, because once I got stomach cramps, was running soaking wet, was freezing cold, all enthusiasm for the fight just went out the window.

So what have I learnt?

1) Only run in perfect conditions so I dont have to bother toughening up outside of the gym by running outside in the cold.

2) Do some inclines on the bloody treadmill (ok that bit I should know by now admittedly)

3) Introduce proper long runs into my training ... If Im being honest, I have never run 13 miles outside of a HM race ..... the longest Ive run while training was 10 miles, a little stupid, OK I admit that.

4) Wear gloves, what was I thinking running with fingers that felt frozen to the core.

5) Get a better stomach that wont play up 2/3'rds of the way into the race.

6) Don't aim for under 1:45 when you only had to do under 1:47

7) Come up with a better list of excuses to use for the next time i fail

Anyway as proof, here is my garmin account of it all ....... as you can see it was definitely a race of two halves for me.

But don't worry, next HM, definitely under 1:47.



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
Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
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.
kittenkat    pirate
17/03/2013 at 17:22

I chick you by about 30 minutes. Hope that helps

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

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