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Marathon Training: Competition

After a rotten week of not training and being completely ill, I arrived at last Saturday’s Parkrun in pretty poor form. Because the legs had gotten some rest, the time for that 5km was ok but by the end I was wheezing like Albert Steptoe.

This run was a test to see if I should even bother doing the Silverstone Half Marathon which I had signed up to do the following day with the White Lodge Centre team. I decided I should give it a go.

It was great to do a competitive run as it gave me the opportunity to realise that my understanding of race tactics was poor! I started way too quickly, taken up with the flow of fast runners. My sub 5 minute splits had degraded to 5:30 by the end and the last km was atrocious!

Still managed a half marathon pb.

With 6690 runners finishing, I was placed in the top 25%. Briefly encountered one White Lodge runner as I was pipped by Craig Waddle on the finishing line.

With my dodgy race tactics, I felt pretty burnt out at the end. I’ll be aiming for a more manageable pace in the big race. It’s so easy to go too fast and end up fighting and hurting to keep pace!

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New Half Marathon PB

I woke up on a sunny October Saturday morning, with the best of intentions. That intention was to do the patent Park Run – Brockwell Park 5k run. However, my rushed scramble to the park on my bicycle at 8:50am took me down a wrong road and I ended up finding myself on the way to the Heart Of Darkness (aka Camberwell). So I turned back, realising that if I corrected my route, I would get to Brockwell Park too late to do the Park Run. Dejected, I headed to my Sainsbury’s Local to pick up some morning snacks.
Back at the flat, my combined guilt of missing the inaugural Saturday morning 5k, and the knowledge that I was 20km short of hitting my monthly running targets (link) made me realise that it might be a good idea to do a half marathon. So, impulsively, after a bowl of grim, hot, sludgy porridge, I started planning a route. Starting in Brixton, I would shoot down to Clapham Common and swing by Battersea Park. Then I would head over the river via Chelsea Bridge. Knightsbridge would get me to Hyde Park. Then I’d cross the Serpentine and head down to Hyde Park Corner and head towards Victoria via Green Park. Victoria would lead me to Vauxhall Bridge, then I could get back to Brixton via Stockwell. So here’s how it went…
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I started out going slightly the wrong way, by taking the Stockwell Road, instead of the road to Clapham via Clapham Park. Also, on the way back, I totally missed the turning for Vauxhall Bridge. That meant that I came back via Chelsea Bridge, which added an extra 2km to the route:
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I didn’t totally thrash the route, and there was a lot of both human and vehicular traffic, but somehow, I did manage to get my pb for the half marathon. Very probably down to all the Sweatshop Running Club 8km runs, which have given me a bit more of a competitive pace.
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My 21km time came out at 1:55:07
22km was 2:01:11
So from those figures, I calculated my half marathon time (estimated time for 21.097km) as being 1:55:42, which is almost two minutes under by personal best. Here’s hoping I can get it under 1:50, but that seems long way off.

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