A great race and much better weather than last year. Managed a 7 minute PB of 1:30:01 - curse those two extra seconds!
People starting in the wrong pen was a problem all the way through. I started in the middle of the Red pen, right up the front about half way between the 1:30 and 1:35 pace makers. Even at that level I still spent the first 2 miles overtaking people who clearly were nowhere near the 7:00 per mile pace needed to be right near the front of the race. I know pacing is hard, but it's not difficult to work out that if you can't run 1 mile in under 7 minutes then you shouldn't be starting at the front of such a big race.
The only thing that really let the race down was bag collection. Not the best plan to arrange the bag tent in number order and also issue the bibs in predicted finish time order. All this meant was that at any point in time one section of the bag collection had a massive queue, while the others were largely empty. A far better approach would be to arrange the tents by last digit of race number (e.g. numbers ending 0 or 1, numbers ending 2 or 3 and so on). That way the bag collect would be evenly distributed across the entire tent.
In the run up to Reading Half Marathon I started getting pain around the ball of my foot. This has continued since the race and I'm now training for another next month and am worried about aggravating it more with the added speed work.
The pain occurs around the ball of the foot and is painful when I press on the inside of my foot at the rear of the ball. No major pain if I press on the top or bottom of the ball. The pain occurred on both feet at almost exactly the same time.
It eases with rest and I don't really notice it while running, but after a run it becomes painful and activities like using the big toe to push a shoe off are quite painful. I can feel a slight pain while standing on tip-toes or when walking fast, but this often passes quite quickly.