Posted: 02/11/2014 at 21:03
Eddies Half Marathon 2014 Race Report
I wasn’t sure how this one would go as it has not been the best training building what with work and the persistent niggles, but I thought that I should be capable of getting close to a PB. I set off this morning with no family in tow, the youngest wasn’t feeling too well, given the forecast I didn’t complain as it would have been a miserable day out for them anyway.
I arrived as usual in good time got myself registered and picked up my race number, the weather as this point was truly awful, wind and rain and there was a brief hail shower, I managed to get a warm up done and decided not to wear the long sleeved base layer.
We were sent out onto the shinty pitch with around 10 minutes to the start, the field was flooded so the feet were soaked before we even got started. At 12pm sharp we were off, splashing our way out of the park and onto road, the wind was predominantly at our back for the first couple of miles, I was finding the going fairly tough but settle down after the first mile and I felt a lot more comfortable, the footpaths were flooded in places but as the feet were wet I just ran though them 7:51, 7:54. It was a little windy in places but for the moment the rain has stopped. There wasn’t a great deal of support but the Marshalls and those few hardy souls were making up for it, I made a point of thanking them on passing, 8:04, 7:50. The next few miles until the turn were on the road and there was another heavy shower to endure, it wasn’t until I was close to the 6 mile marker the leaders came into view, a group of around 5 with four from Dumbarton 8:06, 7:49. The legs were starting to fatigue and that little quit monkey was whispering in my ear, deciding to ignore the little pest I tried to maintain the pace and stay as relaxed as possible but I was finding the going extremely tough now 7:57, 8:07. Now back into Corpach and a short climb into the village the pace was now dropping and try as I might I couldn’t get the legs to go any faster, I knew from this point on the PB was probably going to be missed 7:56, 8:15, 8:01. With a little over two miles to go it was back into the wind, I didn’t find this as hard as I thought, yes the pace wasn’t great but I felt it could have been worse, another short climb into the housing estate and I managed to pick a few runners off before the 13 mile marker 8:15, 8:20, I was happy to remain upright during the transition from road to marsh, and crossed the line in a respectful 1:45:21, not quite a PB but overall I’m happy with the outcome, some positives, once the race settled down after the first mile I didn’t get overtaken, the general fitness is returning and I’m starting to feel a lot stronger, however I still need to work on those weak areas over the coming months.