I'd hoped to manage 10 miles today - that was my target in order to give myself a bit of confidence that I could manage the HM in two weeks time, in spite of my training not going to plan at all. I've done some good training sessions with running club but haven't been having much success with the long runs. After two weeks completely missed due to a nasty cold and sinusitis and just plain feeling exhausted, my planned long run last weekend ended in a 6km limp home and a total distance of less than 8 miles.
Today, I started off with friends for the first 6-7km and was probably quicker than usual as they are both faster than me. At that point I felt quite happy and then branched off on my own to check out "the hill" that is a notorious section of my planned HM. Yes, it was quite steep and I walked some of it, I tried out a chi-running technique for the steepest part and managed to run most of that but should probably have slowed down as I made myself out of breath. Towards the middle of the run I was struggling and wondering if I'd make it back and I had quite a few walk breaks but I did pick up a bit for the last 2-3km I wasn't sure I could have managed much further though. My face felt quite sore and sinusy for much of the second half of the run and my right achilles tendon is sore.
I had a bit of a hiccup with the Garmin but in all I did 9 miles in a little under 2 hours - a much slower average pace than my previous 10k race speed and a slower pace than my usual steady run pace. I'm not sure if that is because I started off so much quicker than usual - the first 3-4km were probably 60-90 seconds a mile quicker than I would normally manage, especially if I was trying to pace myself to last a longer distance.
I really can't decide if I should give the HM a miss this time - not sure if that would be being defeatist or just sensible. If I had 4-5 weeks to go, I wouldn't be worried but I've only got 2 weeks and the week before the race should be an easy one ! I won't be able to do another long run (although I'm doing an off-road 10k next Sunday) in that time but maybe I could plan to start off with a walk/run plan for the HM and that might make me quicker overall and able to cope with the distance ? I really don't know