Posted: 30/11/2014 at 16:23
Don't give up hope yet Chick, it's the default position to be cautious if you are Doc (programmed in at Med School).
First road race, apart from short club relays, since May - so why not go for broke and do a hilly HM (why not indeed I hear you ask). To put this in context I hold the W60 course record at 1.43.21, set last year, and this year was just trying to nudge under 2 hours. Speed and hill running are still a major issue, so this wasn't the ideal race
Left the garmin at home and at the lat minute took my watch off as well, deciding that I really didn't want to know if I was going to go over 2 hours! This meant I didn't know how long it took to cross the line, but probably 20 - 30 seconds. Start is a little uphill pull, then downhill and flat to nearly 2 miles. First uphill drag is between 2 and 4, but nothing too steep. Got into a steady pace, but no idea what the pace was, just that it felt slow. Route levelled off between 4 and 5 miles, then a steep down and an equally steep up before a flat section and then gradually down to the 10k marker.