Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:57
Goodness Kaz, you are a marathon running demon!! Enjoy Belguim, and wave to my pal who lives there
20 miles was, well, not sure how to describe it! Didn't feel like it at all, had period pain from my armpits to my knees (at least that's what it felt like) and ended up putting £1 insoles in my new £85 shoes because I wasn't quite happy with them. Had to wait 2 hours for garmin to charge so didn't set off til 11am.
Miles 1&2 - 13.10, 13.35 - Uneventful, downhil, road, trying to get into a rhythm
Miles 3&4 - 16.27, 15.07 - ran along path instead of road. Forgot about millions of stepping stones back and forth across river. Proceeded with caution.
Miles 5-8 - 13.53, 13.29, 14.11, 13.57 - down dual carriageway. Dull but getting used to the idea
Miles 9-14 - 14.36, 14.31, 15.25, 14.42, 14,43, 14.13 - Outward along canal. Inside of both ankles niggly. Hips started to ache after about 13 miles. Quite bored of running, fruit pastilles, new shoes. Saw a whole family of swans though and lots of dragonflies.
Mile 15 - 18.45 Turnaround point. Found a man lying barely conscious near the towpath. Thought of that facebook thing this week that said 'I don't trust joggers, they're always the ones who find the bodies'. Fortunately he wasn't dead, just very drunk and confused. Called ambulance and waited for them to arrive. Slightly traumatised. Turned round.
Miles 16-19 - 15.02, 15.16, 14.39, 14.33 - back along canal. Everything hurt, so taking it nice and steady. Saw a rat.
Mile 20 - 11.05 - Practicing sprint(is) finish. Quite pleased I still managed to speed up that much after that many miles!
Overall - 20 miles in 4 hours 51 (and I did turn my watch off while waiting for the ambulance!!). Average pace 14.36. Did run 3 mins, walk 2 most of the way, very aware of injuring myself as I generally felt a bit not-quite-right.
VERY pleased that I didn't wimp out though And I'm confident that I will actually get to the end on race day at least.
Going to have to speed up mind you - if I want sub 5 I've got 9 minutes to do an extra 6 miles