So here is my post race reportage in the form of a Juicyju listy list :
💪 Pre race:
I met the lovely Pepper from the FB running blog and we had a great chat in the changing tent and then at the start line.
The nerves were in full force and I found all the crowds quite a challenge and a bit scary.
🏃 The Race:
There were so many people I found it really hard to cope with all the crowds and focus on my running. I started off way too fast and did a sub 30 minute 5k and 10k on the hour as I had some harebrained idea I wanted to do it under 2 hours! I had a big dip at 9 miles and gulped down a lucozade drink at 10 miles and then got a stitch!! Urgggg
It was very hot and I think alot of runners found that a struggle after months of cold weather training!!
I had to text my husband halfway to meet me with my inhaler as my breathing was awful, not sure why.
Last 2 miles was really hard and I went so slowly. I tried to zone out the crowds but frankly they really pi$$ed me off! I am so used to having the luxury of running in the countryside without seeing a soul, it was all a bit much. I am such an old grumpy goat!!!!
Such a relief to pass through the finish line, but then I felt really dizzy and sick 😓
👀 Post race debrief and learning:
Part of race training is coping with the actual race: crowds, other runners, noise, different fuel etc. Worth considering beforehand how you will cope.
I started off way too quickly. I have been training for a marathon and not a speedy half. However I do plan to properly train for a sub 2 hour half marathon later in the year. This has taught me alot and makes me realise that I could do it with the right training. If I could maintain the pace of the first half then I can.
I dont like crowds!!!!!!!!! ( but then I never have)
Fuel- still not right
Lose weight. I am not 'overweight' but I have been reading up on this and it makes complete sense that to run quicker and better every ounce extra is a burden to my legs. I am aiming for 65 kilos ( currently 72 and 5 foot 8).
Piccy is stats summary- many thanks for reading if you get this far down!!