Firstly I am sorry this has taken me so long to put up. I have been a little under the weather since but it will all make sense as I explain.
I completed my walking Half Marathon ( 21.1km, 13.1 miles) on Sunday in 3 hours and 31 minutes, all walking.
I had been worried all week that it would be cancelled because of the beast from the east but on Saturday morning we got the confirmation that it was going to go ahead. Saturday night I ate my pasta and tried to get an early night. I cannot sleep well the night before events as I get so excited.
I was up at 6 am and got out the door for 6.30am . I got to Tower Hill with lots of time to spare, I was lucky that one of the forum members for the running forum was there as well so we just nattered and had a good old gossip for over an hour before we started. It was great fun and I was really relaxed. My training had not gone to plan this year. I started this year with full on flu. three day with a temp over 102 and low grade temp for a whole week so I had to give my body time to recover from that, then just I started getting back into training my lovely Dad took a tumble and I shot up north to look after him, another three weeks out of training so I wasn't quite where I wanted to be for the event but I thought if I take it easy I would be fine. I had done an 18.2km in training so I wasn't totally unprepared. A half marathon is an event you have to give respect to, I have heard so many people in the start of a HM saying they are totally unprepared saying I will just walk it, it is still a beast of a walk if you have no baseline fitness.
the first 5 km were brilliant. I was beaming from ear to ear and having the time of my life. then between 5-7 km I started to get a blister and my glutes were hurting a little. then around half way I started to struggle beyond belief. I finished but I t took everything I had inside me to push to the end. From 17km onwards I was just counting down each 0.5km.
I was a mess at the end, but yesterday I found out what contributed to my event taking such a downward turn. I am intolerant to sweeteners and around the half way mark they give you a Lucozade sport drink to boost your energy levels. I have since found out this is now got sweeteners in it, so I basically did the last half dealing with something that my body felt was a poison.
Yesterday I had a terrible morning I couldn't keep my breakfast down and I felt like I had the mother of all hangovers. It took me to the afternoon to piece together what had happened and as I did it all started to make sense. I took an antihistamine and the effects started to wear off. Today I feel fine. I have a blister on the whole ball of my left foot which is normal for me for these long events. But I will take things easy for recovery for a couple of weeks then get back to it, ready to do it again on the 20th May.
The points I will take from this are. Try to fit in all your training, don't injest anything that you haven't had before during an event and if anyone has any ideas on how to stop blister please share. At least this time I only had blisters on one foot rather than both. This time I used memory foam insoles, talcum powder and tight pop socks.
happy walking to you all.