Posted: 16/02/2015 at 12:30
1:40 - Suppose that has to be the next target! ,would be happy to just go under 1:45 again though.
sk - If it's painful on top of your foot then lace your shoes so you miss the holes where the pain is. I've done this mistake before, felt fine during the run but then had what felt like a painful bruise on top of my foot & couldn't figure out where it came from.
Light drizzle is lovely to run in, much milder now.
Big_G - I got the chest infection about 8 weeks before my first Marathon, turned out to be Whooping cough. I didn't run for about 6 weeks then did a couple of easy runs but if I got out of breath then would have a coughing fit! Still ran the marathon but knew I had to go very easy (5:17). I then just did easy runs until it eventually cleared up. You seem to have taken anti biotics/medicine very early so that will help. I didn't go to the docs until 2 months in. I would say go for a run, but just go very easy and don't stress your lungs. Sounds like you've already made your mind up about DD, do it next year and do the 10k instead is def the right choice. You don't want to be hobbling round!
Wrexham Bakery Half - No confidence going into this, mainly due to calf issues and training taking a hit. Keith would approve of my dietry preperations - Friday night we had an Indian takeaway & a bottle of fizz (bed at 3am), bacon butty Saturday morning, subway saturday lunch and a chinese takeaway Saturday night followed by a mates birthday party so another late night. So enough to get me through a quad probably . Race start at 11am but had to register beforehand, so porridge & coffee for breakfast then a little reluctantly headed out the door.
Arrive at half 9 and register, I now have an hour to kill. Pin my number on & listen to the radio for a bit. Temperature is ideal, a touch chilly, no wind. The start line is half a mile away so trying to get the timing right and not having to hang around too long in a tee shirt needed 30secs of planning. I decide to do a very slow 1 mile 'run' to the start and time it perfectly. 2 mins and we're off. I've no idea what pace/time to go for so decide to just get into a 'feels about right' rhythm. This was about 8:10 which surprised me (I thought it would have been around 9's) so thought pb may just happen.
The course is a small loop followed by a slightly bigger loop so some bits are repeated, so a mile in you also see the 5 mile sign & at 1 & 4ish miles you go past the finish . The 2nd loop is nice winding country lanes and I'm still feeling good, half way ish and my average is 8's. I'm now thinking a pb is in the bag & just maybe a chance of sub 1:45 ,8's certainly not feeling as easy as they did. Miles 7 to 11 were excellent and now picking a lot of runners off which just boosts you even more, i knew the last mile was slightly uphill so was a case of hanging on. Mile 11 to 12 was by far the toughest mile and I thought I may just miss out.
I then seem to get an extra bit of energy from somewhere,probably knowing it was the last mile & also how close to 1:45 it was going to be. Then the finish line came into view and the clock was still showing 1:44:xx, crossed it dead on 1:45:00 so knew my chip time was 20 odd secs better than that. Job done. Only ~£14 to enter, no goody bag/medal/tee (not expected at that price!) but you do get a lovely fruit loaf. I'll be back next year.
8:13,8:05,8:04,8:04,7:55,7:57,7:50,7:47,7:58,8:05,7:52,8:10,7:54 and apparently 6:40 for the last bit, although my garmin doesn't do anything below 7:00 so must have been a malfunction