Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:44
Evening, lovely day today. Perfect day for lying by the pool with a book and a piña colada. I didn't do that, did the hackney half which was a nice event, well supported, good atmosphere. I was in the pen somewhere between the 1.30 and 1.15 entrances. Thinking no way I'm gonna run a pb in the warmth but will try for something close. Gave it a good go but was already warming up by about 6 miles. Went through the 10k marker on the chip at 40:49 thinking 1.26/1.27 would be more than satisfactory in these conditions.
Was constantly tipping water on my head at the drink stations and carrying the water and sipping all along the way. had plenty gels on the belt for electrolytes and used them, good thing too. I was covered in salt at the end (never had that much before) anyhoo got to the Olympic park have just posted 7:03 for mile 9 and I was just boiling, I couldn't get cool. It was quite open down there and the sun was beating down, not a cloud in sight. I managed it to the end as steady as possible thinking easy sub1:30 and relaxed a bit, coming up the straight I had to find something to dip under 1.30. 1.29.44.
Was reasonably pee'd off with the performance until I looked at faster fellow club mates fall well short of their PBs and accepted that in these conditions you have to accept it won't be as quick and actually it wasn't a bad run.
Not everyone struggles in the heat mind, Marders and Marigold placed Top5 so they would have come away with bus fare home .....