Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:51
Barry- some nice lake swims... makes me jealous. For San Seb Bilbao is the easiest, from there is an hour on a bus with buses every 30min. Very easy! What recommendations are you after? Hotels? Eating?
2Old- sounds like a lot of beer! Great YKW and not miles away from sub 20 so I'm sure you could run it on another day.
So Hackney Half didn't quite happen. This one was all about a PB and I knew I had no chance of running my best in 27 degrees. I mean I don't think most people could but I seem to excel in being rubbish in the heat. Spoke with Moz the night before and we decided there is no point running a couple of minutes outside of my PB and then losing a week of training on recovery. So the plan was to do a progressive run with 3m easy/ 6m @ MP and the rest at HMP.
Got to the start a bit late and remembered why I hate those massive commercial races. 15000 people is way too much for my liking. No chance of getting to the toilets and only managed to squeeze into the back pen with 2:30 pacers... ouch! Wasn't too bothered as knew was going to start easy so just assumed would need to do a bit of overtaking in the first few miles. The start got delayed by almost 30min (at least that's when I crossed the line) and by then it was getting very warm indeed.
So the first few miles was an exercise in not getting frustrated, it was simply impossible to run. Too many people, some very narrow sections and too many runners busy taking selfies instead of moving forward. I had myself to blame for starting at the back but even after six miles I had to run on the pavements and around parked cars just to dodge people. Never experienced anything like this. Tried to speed up to MP but to be honest it just felt too hard, I was boiling hot and decided to just run steady and get through it. Averaged just over 8mm and even at that pace it was by no means a walk in the park.
Anyway... One thing I've proved to myself beyond doubt is that I can't race in the heat. There is simply no point even trying. So the plan is to do another half in the summer and hope for better luck. I'm looking at Fleetwood at the end of August. After that it will be the Swiss Half Mara in Lucerne at the end of October an for now will just concentrate on getting some good training in and knocking out a few fast parkruns over the summer.