What a fantastic day! I came very close to withdrawing due to being injured in the months leading up to the GNR and only getting any training in the final week, but I'm SO glad I decided to run.
Except for being very slow, I had no major dramas during the race and managed to finish uninjured and feeling reasonably ok.
I came in at 2:29 which is exactly half an hour slower than last year, a pretty poor performance, but I was exepecting it and the atmosphere of this awesome race made the time almost irrelevant. I also enjoyed the last mile a lot more this year because I wasn't desperately weaving through the crowds in order to reach my sub 2 hour goal.
The generosity of the local people is incredible, it can't be cheap to supply all of us with all those oranges, jelly babies and ice pops, this race wouldn't be the same without them and we certainly wouldn't have seen 1 million finishers if it wasn't for the unique atmosphere this rece has.
Onwards and upwards now for the rest of the year - Intrestingly, the 1:59 I got last year in my first HM was holding me back from entering other events as I was scared that I'd somehow spoil things by not doing as well (stupid I know!) but now that I've set my "worst case" time, I think I'll be a lot more relaxed about entering as many HMs as I can find!
Perhaps I should just stick a couple of 10s in or maybe a 13-15 tomorrow and a 10k on Thursday giving me 2 clear days of rest, not ideal I know and my head says defer but my heart says just do it and enjoy the day without worrying about pace.
Hi everyone, I'm after some advice, tonight was my first run for 5 weeks having hurt a toe when I ran into a hidden rock barefoot on the beach.
I did 5k with no pain tonight so now I'm tempted to run on Sunday despite coming very close to withdrawing due to lack of training.
First question is should I run? I've had a crap year for running but I did train reasonably comfortably up to 18k before hurting my foot. And although I probably won't get aynwhere near the 1:59 I got in my first GNR last year, I feel reasonably confident that I'll manage to get round.
If I do run what would you guys recommend in terms of training in the week I have left? I was thinking a 10 and a 15k and then just hope for the best on Sunday!
What a great event, I really enjoyed it. A bit congested at times, but managed to reach my goal of sub 2 hours on my first HM. Had a bit of a panic at the 200m marker as I couldn't get through the congestion and I knew I was very close to 2 hours. A big sigh of relief when I had the confirmation SMS with 1:59:30
My biggest mistake was basing my run on pace of 10 kph, it wasn't until about mile 10 when it dawned on me that 10kph isn't enough!
Hi everyone! How's the training going? I'm feeling a bit sore as I write this, I had to compress my midweek runs into back to back sessions yesterday and today, I prefer to have a day's gap, but work got in the way
Happily I did manage to join the gym running group again this lunchtime, we did a tempo run for about 20 mins and then a really interesting sprint session - several laps of a circuit, sprinting the first 20%, jogging the rest and then doubling the sprint distance on each successive lap (theres probably a name or easier way to describe this activity?) it was a lot of fun and without doubt I worked harder than I would have done just doing my usual lunchtime 5K. (maybe even harder because I was the only guy in a group of 10 rather athletic young ladies )
I was planning on doing a night time 6k trail race up a local hill on Saturday night, but I think I'll give it a miss - my legs are feeling a bit tight this week, so I'll rest until Sunday and do a moderate 10-12k . I'd hate to tear my calf again.
Anyone used a foam roller? The sports massage girl at the gym recommended I bought one - I'd be intrested in hearing about any experiences with them.