Ha! Funnily enough the bottle of chocolate milk was very welcome
This might sound daft - but try using your local Parkrun as a safe,friendly training environment.
Right now you are disappointed at having completed a 26 miler in a time that fell short of your target.
Go back to running 3 miles every Saturday. Get the basics right and build from there.
You should be capable of running the distance in under 45 minutes. This is eminently doable.
Holy Thread Resurrection Batman!
Just did a Half where this topic raised its ugly head.
Nice medal, good (technical) tee - but the goody bag contained a bunch of flyers and two tea bags.
I've done a lot of races this century and,like others,the quality of the goody bag is not the key consideration.
That said,the good ones stand out in your memory as part of the overall race experience.
I would cite Bolt the Holt and the Gosport Half as examples of good practice - a small China mug which 6 years on is still in use and a slab of cake the size of my fist respectively !
Ah well, horses for courses. Times change - what does it for you?
Thanks for the views. My first Half this year following a hamstring injury in October. Slowest by about 20 minutes but glad to get round.
The Burgess road section was...interesting
Good support all the way round but it would have been nice to see a few more friendly St Johns faces!
My first ever Half was Portsmouth in 2000, before the Great South moved there. I think Southampton could become a great fixture with a few tweaks.
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