Carterusm with Spoons
Ricky - that's brilliant we'll done.
Carter - finished yet?
Hopefully Carter has finished and he just hasn't got online yet.....
Could have run a marathon by now....
Hi all - whilst waiting for Carter I thought I'd post a bit of a race report for my Half.
I was well prepared for it in terms of hydration, rest and food and I felt good, although I was feeling a bit peckish on the start line. Unfortunately, 5 minutes before the start I was told that due to flooding the course was going to be shortened to only 12 miles!! This was confirmed on the start line by the person on the tannoy. I shouldn't have let it, but this affected me right at the start and I went off too quickly. In hindsight, this was a stupid reaction but at that point I was thinking "Sod it! It's not going to count as a half PB, so let's see what I can do". However, from about mile 8 the road markings (and my Garmin) suggested that if anything it was going to be over distance....and it was! It ended up being 13.22 miles.
Anyway, enough of the excuses. The first 8-9 miles went well (in terms of how I was feeling), I needed a pit stop in mile 11 and ended up doing the 13.22 miles in 1:47:49...this is averaging 08:09 min/mile and any way I look at it, that's a PB (if not "officially"), so I've got to be happy with that. For some reason though, I'm not happy....I think that realistically I'm still shy of the sub 8min/mile half pace which is frustrating me! I even said on here that I expect my time would be more like 1:48, but the confusion at the start put me in a bad mood!
Also, the last 2 miles were slower (by some margin) than the first 2, which I know is not a good thing, although I did pick it up a bit on the finishing straight.
It was a flat course, and the rain did stop at the start of the event. It was funny, because at mile 4ish people were taking tops off as it was hot, but the temperature dipped and mile 9ish onwards it was very cold.
Because I went off too quickly, I haven't really learnt anything in relation to pacing a half marathon event, or what my training paces should be for the marathon that is in 12 weeks time.
Oh well....I'll take what I can from it. Onwards and upwards! I have another Half Marathon at the start of March, so I'll see how that ones goes and my marathon is still 12 weeks away.
Right, here we are.
Firstly, it was snowin but I didnt find it particularly cold.
My preperation went exacrly how I planned it this morning so that was good.
Next, this course was not conducive to running a PB.
So, the first mile was really downhill, it was like dropping off the side off a cliff. It was impossible for me not to run fast so the first mile was 6:49 ! Right from the start I was feeling a bit sick. For breakfast, I had a big bowl of porridge at 8:00, 3 hours before the start so I would have expected to be ok. I need to expirement a bit more with food. The next 4 miles steadily climbed uphill which I found quite hard going. As you know, I run plenty of hills round my way but not anywhere near the pace I was running at today. Many people were overtaking me so I was feeling a bit down during this stage, which didnt really bode well for the rest of the race.
At about mile 5 there was a steep downhill which made the first downhill look like it was flat. I lost a lot of ground on other runners here as I wasnt feeling too confident descending on something so steep as this. However, I forced myself to run my own race and not to try and chase them down. At mile 6.5 there was, what can only be described, as a bitch of a hill. Having looked at the profile of this hill it wasnt as steep as I run in my training but it made feel even more sick, especially when a bloke in pink leg warmers went past me.
The next 2 miles were gradually uphill and then followed another mile stretch that you good see ahead of you that gradually went up. This didnt do much for the morale so I got my head down and buried myself. It also didnt help that we were running past Brighouse and I had The Floral Dance in my head then (one for you older ones out there).The two large downhill decents had not done my legs any favours so I was really feeling them at mile 10. At this stage I had Spoons words in my head so I tried pushing on. I also checked my average pace and was surprised to see that I was actually ahead of my target pace. Miles 11 & 12 were gradually downhill so I pushed on at a decent pace. You could then look to your left, and up, and see the other runners heading towars the finish line. As I turned the corner my legs felt heavy but the people who braved the weather were very encouraging so I managed to keep pushing to the end.
Overall, I didnt find it a pleasureable expereince whilst actually running but after having a bit of time to reflect it was a good day.
So, according to my watch, and from the glance of the race watch as I crossed the line, my time was 1:45:48 @ 8:05.
My realastic target was to break 1:45 but considering I wasnt on top form today and felt rubbish and that the course was really hilly I am quite chuffed with a 2 minute PB.
I need to find a flat HM !
Carter - well done on your PB. A pb is a pb and I would take a load of positives from your run today. I thought it was going to be very hilly when I looked at the various maps of the course yesterday. So a pb on a hilly course is a great achievement.
It did not go exactly as you planned yet you dug deep and have a very respectable time. So you have proved that you have the mental strength.
You should not be beating yourself up over it. I think it is great.
Also Manchester is billed as being the flatest marathon course in the UK so building on your training to date should get you the PB there. And whilst a big PB in the HM might be nice the real objective has always been the marathon PB.
So again Well Done. Enjoy the rest of today.
Carter / Big G - not sure why you both seem unhappy. You both got PBSs! Rarely do they feel easy.
Big G - shame about the confusing distance. However far it was, you ran for 1:45 at a much quicker pace than you would have done. It's all good training for the marathon. And you have learnt about pacing. Don't go off too quick!
Carter - sounds like you performed well on a tough course when you weren't feeling 100%. Maybe you felt sick because you did the first mile in 6:49? Brilliant that you managed to push on in the last few miles. A 2 minute PB is brilliant and remember you will be tired from training. You didn't really taper. I'm pleased with the result. Shows the training is working. You're allowed a Magners tonight. Only one though.
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