Firstly a new years resolution – to try to keep this blog updated a bit more than once every 2 months.
Since the beginning of November I have on a bit of a medal hunt, running the Henley 10k, Chorleywood 10 mile, Marlow Half Marathon, Rugged Radnage 10k, Movember MK 10k and Milton Keynes Half Marathon. Happily I have been beating previous times (except for Radnage which was a proper bitch) and have managed to stay injury free. Along with that I have succumbed to the sweet temptations of Parkrun though times have fluctuated wildly.
Of the two half marathons Marlow was, due to the quantity and height of the hills, the hardest but also the most fun. Starting with a gradual climb for the first mile or so it became a roller coaster of ups and downs with the infamous Rotten Row climb at about 8 miles. It was a great feeling to overtake people who were walking up the hills, not so nice to see them easily pass me as soon as the going was flatter.
The most annoying part from a performance view was the final mile run in. It was the same mile out but reversed so was a nice gentle downhill to the finish. I really wish I had pushed myself on that last mile as I could have achieved a much better time for my first half marathon in 25 years. As it was I came in at 1.50:28
Milton Keynes was a month later on 15th December and I was hoping to smash my previous best – especially as it is pretty much a flat course. As seems to happen, progression isn’t a straight line and I had a terrible run. Set off too quickly in a bid to beat my previous time and by 5 miles I was knackered. By mile 10 I could cheerfully have given up. Eventually came in at 1.45.21 but have learned a valuable lesson in pacing.
2014 will start with bit of Parkrun tourism, a lot of Jantastic and longer runs in a build up to the London Marathon in April. Be back soon