I know one of the runners who ended up in hospital (for 24 hours in the end) after passing out while running the Ealing half. His was a case of dehydration. He's actually an experienced runner who just made a stupid mistake. I ran it too, and it was surprisingly warm and humid (yes, I had checked the forecast): I have run 4 HMs and 1 marathon in the last 2 years and it is the first time I've felt the need to pour water on my head and (marathon excepted) the need to drink a reasonable amount of water.
I think people were just taken by surprise by the conditions. It's the end of september, right, and only a half? I take it as a lesson to never be complacent.
Well, I thought 90 mins was optimistic, and so it turned out to be. I came in at just over 92 min (again!).
Warm day, but no wind, so reasonably good conditions. I started out (as planned) a little behind the 90 min pacer, and stayed a few yards behind through the first few miles, the idea being to be slightly behind 90 min pace, then see if I had the legs to push on in the second half. I didn't! First half was 45:17, second half nearly 47 minutes.
I felt very comfortable miles 1-5, 6-9 were slightly tough but I was still averaging 6:56 pace. But then I dropped in a 7:24 (worst) for mile 10 as my lack of stamina began to really tell.
Lessons learnt: more miles in the bank needed. This year I have averaged 30 miles a week, with a recent burst of four 40+ weeks. My PB of just over 90 mins came when I had had 3 months of 35-40 mile weeks. I think that is the difference.
Thanks TR. I've just done my final hard run (5 miles at tempo, 9 miles total) 11 days out from the HM. A bit disappointed with not being able to do a bit more at tempo, but my legs need the taper I think. 10 miles easy at the weekend and then short runs only from then on in. And Good luck with the marathon, RJ.
Yes, I am also looking for a sub-90 in two weeks time, but it's a just-about-possible time rather than a probable. My Marathon PB (debut!) is 3:28:43 in Apr 2014, 10K is 41:44 (in 2012). According to the calculators, half M seems to be my best distance.
Recent half times have been: 1:32:11 (sep 2012), 1:30:17 (mar 2013), 1:31:16 (sep 2013). So I just need 18 seconds off my PB!
I'm similar to you, TR, in that my mileage averages about 30 usually, but I have ramped up to 40ish in the last few weeks. Unlike you, I'm yet another forty something y/o male.
Any thoughts on tapering out there? Aside from not doing a bootcamp the day before ... (nice blog, TR)