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Silverstone Half Marathon

Yesterday’s outing wasn’t quite as succesful as my last Half Marathon in February because I was Hot, Hungry and I let my mind win! However it was an enjoyable day all the same and it was great to meet up with some friends and meet some lovely twitter folk for the first time.

  • Hot. Fairweather I might be, but I also don’t seem to like hot either, especially when I’m not accustomed to it! Maybe I’ll have to change my name for a more precise one? (5 to 15 degrees?) The sun was strong and the race felt like relentless hot tarmac. I started off a little quick but eased it back and was then in the first half of the race averaging a similar pace to my last HM but as it got warmer and the sun got stronger I found it tougher to keep up. I need to get back in the habit of drinking frequently and earlier during warm races.
  • Hungry. The race started at 12.00 and by 6 miles I was ready to knock off for my roast dinner! Seriously it was difficult to judge what to eat beforehand. Even after a good breakfast, and although I tried to eat well the day before and snack well before, I obviously didn’t get it right. By 6 or 7 miles my legs felt like I’d run out of petrol and hot sticky jelly babies were hard to swallow. The sports drinks and gels I’ve tried give me stomach cramps (or worse) but it might be time to experiment and try some new ones for the future.
  • I let my mind win. By mile 10 I was finding it tough to keep mind over matter and hold my pace. Seeing quite a few runners passed out and receiving medical attention didn’t help and I eventually made the sensible decision to let my mind win and eased off a bit.

All was not lost and I was rescued in the last half mile from my slowing pace when I was overtaken by the 1.58 pace-maker running with a small group. I tucked in behind and kept pace with them to the finish where my sneaky (not so dead after all) legs managed a reasonable sprint over the line, finishing in a respectable 1.59.05.

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Staying focused and races in 2012

Well I survived half term!  While I had a break from BMF I did manage to run 4 days and clocked up a decent 25 miles, so running is still on track.

My plans for 2012 are to run at least a race (10K or Half Marathon) a month.   I have some personal time goals I’d like to meet for 5K, 10K and HM this year which I had thought, for some distances, were a bit of a long shot! However after taking 4 minutes off my HM PB last week I’m thinking anything’s possible! Watch this space!  With a lot of blogger and twitter buddies training for marathons this  spring I have to keep my goals in mind especially as now I am reading about their increasing long runs going over my distance and getting designs on running a marathon myself.  No… plenty of time for that next year!

I planned two spring half marathons to make sure I had a good shot at a pb and a good time.  Having achieved that last week I won’t be greedy for my next outing at the Silverstone HM in 2 weeks but hope to be able to match my pace to prove it wasn’t a fluke!  So my running continues with HM in mind although I will wait and work on any significant improvement on 1.55.49  for the Autumn.

I will then focus on 10Ks for the spring and really must get back to parkrunning on saturday mornings and running 5K’s! I am hopeful the shorter runs will help my poor feet recover enough for painted toenails and sandals in time for summer!  Even going up another half-size in running shoes hasn’t spared my poor big toenail recently.  Ouch and Eewe!

My race plans for the year have already been tested, having to change my plans for February, so I’ve looked into other races for the year keeping an open mind and the possible need to change my plans where necessary.  I would race more if I could but have to balance my races with my family’s activities and one a month is manageable at the moment.

One race to mention is the Macmillan Cancer Support 10K fun run on 17th June  in Regents park which might be my June race, depending where I am.

Additionally if you are looking to support a good cause and run in the South West please consider running for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

“I am writing on behalf of the Bath and Bristol Fundraising Team of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to ask for your support by putting your training and muscles to good use and signing up to one of the Run Bristol events in aid of the charity.
 Muscular dystrophy is a devastating, incurable and life-limiting condition that causes muscles to waste away, making people progressively weaker and preventing them from performing simple tasks that we take for granted, such as turning the pages of a book or brushing their hair. There are 60 different types of muscular dystrophy and over 70,000 babies, children and adults are affected by the disease, 6,000 of whom are in the South West. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign strives to provide care and support to individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy; fund research into finding cures; campaigning to improve services available and awarding grants to provide specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs. For more information please see our website – http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org.
 Our ultimate goal is to rid the world of the condition for good and our fight against muscle wasting disease depends on the support of people like you .
 As you may be aware the 2012 Bristol 10k and Half Marathon is being held on 20th May and 30th September respectively and we are looking for runners to raise vital sponsorship funds. You can use your muscles to help those that cannot.
 If you can help, please get in contact with Nick Hearne via email –
bristol@muscular-dystrophy.org or by telephone 07771374836.
 We will support you every step of the way by supplying sponsorship forms, t-shirts, fundraising ideas and of course we will be there on the day to cheer you on.
 You really can help make a difference to the lives of thousands of people affected by this devastating muscle wasting disease.
 Thank you!”