Entries are now open for a new, flat and fast half marathon (The Vale of York Half Marathon) on September 7th. Perfect for those looking for a build up race ahead of the Yorkshire Marathon! Details here: http://www.yorkvalehalf.com/
Entries are now open for this new, flat half marathon race. Ideal for runners of all abilites, especially those chasing a half marathon PB, or preparing for the Yorkshire Marathon 5 weeks later. More info., and online entries, here: http://www.yorkvalehalf.com/
This is definitely NOT a road race! There is about 1k on tarmac, but the rest of it is on (mostly good) tracks and fields. There are a couple of hills (including a long, steady climb at about 8.5k) and a short section that is likely to be pretty muddy. I would recommend trail shoes, although road shoes should be OK unless it really pours down between now and Sunday. Enjoy!
Don't get me wrong, I can be as obsessive as the next man (or 'far out hippy chick' for that matter): driving round the course the day before, poring over the route on Google Earth, checking out the predicted wind speed and direction, etc. etc.
However, when the race starts, I generally don't feel the need to wear something on my wrist that makes an irritating bleep every mile or km (yes I know that you can turn the sound off, but nobody else ever does, do they?) and tells me what pace I'm running the whole time. I know what pace I'm running: generally as fast as I can sustain for the race distance, thank you. If I can go faster, I will. If I have to slow down, so be it. My finish time will usually be the best that I can manage on that day, on that course and in those conditions. I'm certainly no 'elite athlete', but I've worked with a few who are (or were) and I've rarely seen any of them use a Garmin in a race (on some training runs, yes, but that's a different story altogether).