Carter- sound words as always. I was chuffed with the run anyway. Slow time but a slow course. Soooo glad you're getting to race the St Cuthberts! How is wee Harvey dude? Also I'm lolling at your conversation with this nutrition 'expert' but I guess he may be an expert on nutrition without being an expert on sports nutrition....
No running for me today but last night I had a club session. 1 mile warm up, 11 x 400m reps on the track with 90 seconds recovery, 1 mile cool down.
Rough as ***k in that heat, and I was absolutely spent by the end. I have found a good wee group to keep pace with at training and am really enjoying being part of the club nights.
cont...When I left the grounds an hour later she was still being tended to by first aiders.
A very mediocre finish time of 1:55:30 but I strangely really loved the race... it was brutal, the hills, the weather, how I felt... but there was so much great support at the start and end, I had some nice chats with other runners after, and the countryside was absolutely scenic in the sunshine.
Splits (13.2 miles according to Garmin):
8:02, 8:25, 8:12, 8:32, 8:24, 8:36, 8:22, 8:48, 10:04, 8:51, 9:00, 9:59, 8:54, and 1:24 for the final 0.2 miles. 24th/83 ladies.
Things I need to work on:
Do more long training runs before a HM (although I knew I was a bit under prepared for this one, I didn't really care too much... as long as I knew I'd make it round!)
Stick with the tiny bit of gel at a time policy but start taking them earlier. 6 miles was too late on I think to save me from my demise especially in the heat.
Hill training! I should definitely do more to be better at races like this.
Peterhead HM yesterday and I'm not going to lie, I'll tell you from the offset it was a rough day out!!! But I did really really enjoy the day, the race was just much harder than I expected and I maybe wasn't as fit as I expected!
The race started at a running track and you did a lap of the track as the first 400m of the race, and at the end as the last 400m. Although it had been forecast for rain, the day ended up hot hot hot and bright sunshine for the duration of the half marathon, and it was a midday start. It was also a very windy day.
After the first 400m, it was onto a gradual uphill climb for a couple of miles on a cycle path which was fairly sheltered from the wind. I had taken off way too fast the first mile but it was feeling too easy, I hadn't looked at my watch till nearly mile 1 then thought yikes, better slow down. Settled into a nice enough rhythm and then after the first couple of miles it was onto country roads which the rest of the race would be run on.
There was a big climb about mile 3-4 followed by a short downhill, then another climb up to mile 6, then a longer downhill. The first water stop came about here so we were nearly half way before getting any water. There were signs earlier in the race saying 'Drinks Ahead' at about mile 3, but the drinks station never materialised...people were having a small grumble by mile 6 saying that the 'Drinks Ahead' signs 3 miles back were just ever so slightly premature... maybe a lack of volunteers or they ran out of water?
I had taken gels with me on the run but didn't really know if I'd take any, given that on my previous long races gels have not gone down well with my stomach as you guys know and I've been sick. However given the heat and the hills I knew I needed something and at mile 6 I did take tiny tiny sips of one gel only finishing about a quarter of it, and it was the only one I took during the run. This may have been not enough fuel, but I was just desperate to avoid the sickness I've previously had, and can happily say my stomach behaved so that's something.
There was a big, long climb on a sunny and very windy stretch of road from about mile 7.5 to 8.5. I began to lose it even though I'd felt fine till mile 8. My legs just felt absolutely knackered like they had nothing left in them. And I cannot express to you how much I was sweating. I was chucking water over my head where I could. After this I gave in and walked a couple of hills. I did this throughout the very hilly next few miles, until about mile 11.5 where I manned up and ran to the end.
All through the race there had been a few ladies I was staying about similar paces with, which reassured me as although I was slowing it seemed everyone else was too. At mile 11 a lady passed me and stopped to chat for a minute as I was walking up a hill. She told me she was trying to catch me for ages, and that this was the last big climb before it was flatter all the way to the end. I thanked her and she went on but we had a nice chat at the end.
The last mile and a half were back into the town and mostly downhill as it had been mostly up on the way out... the last mile felt so bloody long though and it was torture running back into the park with the running track but knowing I had to run the whole way round it before finishing. I couldn't even manage to pick the pace up for the last mile, but did manage to do a pathetic attempt at a sprint finish for the last 400m on the track.
I had to lie down for a bit before even getting up to get my medal etc. I reassured the first aid guy I was absolutely fine, just overheated and exhausted. A woman who'd been keeping paces with me throughout finished about a minute after me and was quite ill. &n