Can you pick which is which????
Oh boy - when I crossed that finish line yesterday -- I was FINISHED - in more ways than one!!!! Certainly, I could barely stand up - much less even think about continuing on for another 21.1 KLM!! Some of my fellow parkrunners did - and took 6 hours!! I don't know how they did it??? The beauty of this Running Festival was that there was no time limit - and because it was a circular track, we had 5K, 10k, HM and full Marathon runners all mixed up - doing their own thing. Hence I actually passed some full marathon runners and go passed in turn by speedy 5K runners.
My goals were (in order of priority ) 1. to finish, 2.to finish in 2hours 38 minutes (which would mean that I had ran the same pace (7:30 mins per K) as my 14KLm race last year - but this time for 21 Klms) and 3.run in less than 2hrs:38mins. As it turned out I took 2 hours 36 minutes,so very close to my second goal.
I did this run/walk -- and even though I had done a 20K training run at 15 seconds per K slower pace 3 weeks before which I had found tiring but not too bad, yesterday I was absolutely FINISHED at the end!!
It WAS an unusual course with an inner kind-of circular course around a lake of 2.75K and a longer outer course of 4.7K which branched off from the inner course. . Marathoners/5kers/10kers used the outer course only while Halfers used 6 laps of the inner and a final 1 lap of the outer We got wrist bands as we passed the starting line (where there was water) so we didn't forget what number lap we were on. The marathoners had to do 9 laps of the outer circuit -- which was a real mongrel - I only had to do it once!!!! I was very pleased that there were these laps - because otherwise I would have been DNF. I have been having trouble with my feet (swelling??) going numb - so took a second pair of shoes and socks . After around 6K , I had to pull into the pits to change shoes - after another 3K , another pitstop to put old shoes back on with thinner socks -- which worked and I had no further problem.. All of these shenanigans made me lose a couple of minutes - but who cares
So - my first time Half - marathon at age 68 (69 in 2 weeks time) has come and gone. I'm going to rest and reflect upon the future for a while. I have found a 52 week training programme by Jeff Galloway that builds from a 5K to a 10K to a HM to a full M over the 52 weeks. I will need some kind of structure from now on - but at this time have no real future goals and/or races in mind -- I think I will just start to follow the plan (with my modifications) and see what eventuates.