Posted: 04/09/2013 at 13:57
My initial plan was to get onto the run at around 8 hours but the wind put paid to that and it was closer to 8:30 when I finished. I overtook Crashie near the end but that’s another story that he can write about! I was looking forward to the run as
- I’m a better runner than I am swimmer or cyclist
- I’ve been running quite well and felt fine in my brick sessions
- There was nothing mechanical that could go wrong here, it was just me against the course against the clock
The 8 hour plan was part of the overall plan to finish in around 12 hours which I hadn’t told many people apart from Shirlee and a mate in Hawaii who is also doing his 1st this year and we agreed that 12 hours was a competent time for us. That might annoy some people but I don’t really see the point in just finishing ahead of the cut-off time.
As I was going to be nowhere near that, I decided to just run a bit slower than my usual pace & walk through the aid stations. That means running around 8:30 pace for me but walking when drinking/ eating and I was happy on the 1st 2 laps to get to halfway around 1:58 or thereabouts. On lap 3 I saw Crashie and walked with him for a bit. I wasn’t bothered about my time at this stage, deciding that I would be easily inside 13 hours and walked a lot of this lap to conserve energy. Crashie was in good spirits bizarrely and he was convinced (quite rightly) that he would finish inside the cut-off by just walking as running was too painful.
Left Crashie on that lap and carried on my run – walk strategy onto the final lap. I was still enjoying myself and running within what I could do, making sure that I was taking on water & fuel as frequently as I needed. I finished in 4:19 which I didn’t remotely care about at the time & still don’t but finished relatively strongly & happily. The run was 4 laps of 10.5km and quite easy – 1 set of steps which everyone walked up but it was flat with a mix of road, grass & trail. Aid stations every 2km or so which were well-stocked & enough room to overtake when necessary.
Once inside the food tent I had a couple of wobbles of dizziness & light-headedness so had to see the medics. I had a lie-down, had some food & drink and started to feel a bit better. At this point I decided that it would have been a good idea to have my phone in my finish line bag to tell Shirlee what was happening but hindsight is 20:20. Final time of 12h 45min – bit to work on but I won’t be doing an ironman until at least 2015 so rush there.