Posted: Yesterday at 23:10
Birmingham Half- race report
I didn’t originally enter this race. I did it last year and had a complete nightmare, crashing from about mile 4 and really didn’t enjoy it. I posted my worst ever half time of 1.32.xx. I vowed never to return.
Time is a great healer however and I picked up a free place last week from a charity that couldn’t offload their places. In view of the fact I have ran about 80 miles maximum since mid August and not ran further than 7.5 miles in 10 weeks, there was no point trying to race this. I went along for the ride essentially.
I spent large parts of yesterday debating whether to run and even when my alarm went at 7am I was still in debate. Obviously I decided to go, knowing full well that otherwise my facebook feed would be full all day of updates and come midday I’d have been very peed off.
I arrived at the runners zone, collected my number and got myself straight. At this point it was 9.40. I made my way towards the start line and found a horrendous toilet queue. I recalled from last year that there were also toilets the street below. I dropped down to there and found a very small queue. I then managed to bag a disabled toilet. I was so happy with this I decided to set up base camp. I had a lucazade sport and a carb bar leftover from London. More importantly I had a nice bit of space to stretch and relax.
I exited the toilet 20 minutes later and made my way to the start pen. The warm up had just began and frankly it was ridiculous. I decided to proceed through the pen beyond those taking part in this and then continued straight through the swathes of head phone wearers. I then settled in an area where those I spoke with were after 1.30 ish.
I had a simple plan. I would use my garmin as a guide but run it to effort. If I found myself breathing heavily or like I was racing I would let my pace draft back. This approach worked pretty well.
The first few miles passed comfortably coming in at 6.51, 7.10, 7.14 and 7.17. I really should have taken my headphones as nobody was interested in chatting. To pass the time I decided to take note of various fuel stations and their unleaded prices. My local morrisons has been at 1.28 a litre for some time now and its become an obsession of mine. Just prior to hitting Bourneville I found a 1.21, which incensed me.
As I was going through Bournville I heard someone calling my name enthusiastically. I turned to see Andy Yu (he has subsequently given me a shout in this weeks blog). We had a quick chat and it turns out he was running with and filming a presenter for tomorrow nights ‘Inside out’ programme.