Today was the day I had to run a HM in training. The forecast was for light rain when I checked last night but when I got up it was fairly heavy. I woke up early so I could have breakfast at 6am and leave home at 8am.
I got my dates de-seeded and broken in half so they would be easy to munch on when running. I was considering running without my Gore windstopper running jacket, but the rain kept coming so I decided to wear it for the first time.
My aim was to attempt to run in less than 2 hours but I wasn't sure how the weather would affect me, this was the first time I has run a longer run in these conditions. The first few kms were a bit difficult because my body hadn't warmed and loosened up. But I knew that I needed an average pace of 5:40 per km or faster to run sub 2 hours so I made sure I kept to this pace.
I followed JJ's advice and broke the run into smaller chunks. I set my Garmin up to show me how long was left in the current km and what my average pace within that km was. This allowed me to focus on sticking to my aim in smaller chunks and worked very well.
The rain probably made me run faster than I was initially aiming for because whenever I slowed a little I felt cold so I sped up a bit to stay warm.
There were massive puddles everywhere and I tried to avoid them but I stepped into a few massive ones and soaked my feet. The largest one was when I was crossing the A12 and realised that there was a mini lake covering half the road, my options were to either run in the road into traffic and run around the lake or wade through it, I thought getting wet feet was better than getting hit by a car!
I ate a date after about 45 minutes and then ate 2 more before I finished, they really help in giving an energy boost.
I found the pace comfortable until I got to the last 2.5km and then found it a but more difficult, but I was near the end then so I was able to keep the pace up to the end.
Per the Garmin a was not running for a total on 1 min, which was when I was waiting to cross roads, so I think it is realistic to run within 1:55 when I run my HM in 2 weeks time.
The photo is me when I got home, I was soaked through because I opened the jacket zip slightly because I was getting hot in the last 5km!
Here is a link to my run: