Monday, 6 April 2009

The first hurdle

It was the Edinburgh half marathon at the weekend and I was in it as a test run for the big one which is now only 7 weeks away.... luckily I came out of it with a good result.

Things I learned were....

Get there early - I was there in plenyt of time and although I was nervous it halepd that I was not running around all over the place trying to get numbers etc etc etc. The race was delayed for 15 minutes which was a pain as it was coldish but I was glad that I was there in plenty time....

I don't running in crowds.... it was very hard to get a handle on pace etc with a big crowd about - they start in time order and I was too far back at the start of the race which held me up a lot (was 21 minutes for the first 2 miles which was was way slower than I hoped to be)

Running at a constant pace.... Point 2 above meant that I had to chase time for the middle - end of the race which was hard, on the good side I managed to do it and I felt strong at the end of the run but the thought of stepping my pace up from mile 2 on was hard....

Take the day off!.... I could hardly walk today and stairs were, frankly, impossible - luckily Luigi my boss let me have the day off at short notice so I could rest up - gawd only knows what would have happened otherwise!

All things considered though I am delighted - I was hoping for a time of between 2:05 and 2:15 and got over the line in 1:57 which is a huge boost for the second half of the marathon training.... the hard miles start here....(or more accurately they start tomorrow with a 10k recovery run!)

1 comment:

  1. Well done, Duncan. That's a great achievement and a couple of good lessons learned. Apparently, if you're struggling with stairs, try going up them backwards as it uses different muscles which should be less sore.