Posted: 17/01/2016 at 21:37
Race update - Brass Monkey.
Relatively local race in York, very flat, half marathon, second time since debut last year and setting PB of 94:22. At the time that was 8 mins off previous PB.
-2 degrees fortunately no snow in York plus superbly organised private gritting firm. Start from the racecourse and can keep warm inside there with plenty of toilets until 15 mins before 10am start.
I ran in my club vest and shorts ... Though did wear hat and gloves. Getting over a chesty and tickly cough and with just 4-5 hours sleep I wasn't that confident. Plus I'm a good half stone heavier than this time last year.
First serious race of the year (putting the off-road XC to one side) and I much prefer running on the road in road running shoes.
Set off at 7:00 pace and kept it going for a 7:03 average (last year was 7:11) knocking 2 mins off for a PB. Last mile was 7:02 and really fast finish sub6 for 0.15m. Finished in 92:43. Well chuffed!!!
Tired now but feeling great inside (no injuries to mention and cough seems to have disappeared).
Dewsbury 10k in Feb, Silverstone HM in March then Paris 2/4, I'll have to get some longer runs over the next couple of months. Lessons learned seems to be having confidence in training variety and not to over-worry about weight. Last week I did an off road 10 mile and struggled given weather, I'd lost a few pounds and energy. Put the pounds back on this week and BOOM!
I think trying to get down to my racing weight has affected my performances but not Brass Monkey as I'd focused on eating the right things, not too much not too little. So being half a stone heavier than last year hasn't hurt one little bit.
I couldn't rate this course and race organisation any higher, the finishers top is awesome.... Bright orange and black with Brass Monkey down the long sleeve. A race that lives up to its name. Limited places so popular sells out within a couple of hours (opens in October for 2017).