Sadly, I didn’t manage a PB. The course was a little more undulating than I had expected and the weather wasn’t the best but, despite these factors, I felt really good except for the last two km’s, so no excuses really. My next half marathon is on 28 May and I am still hopeful for a PB. The time of 1:55:00 is an important goal for me because according the the marathon race time calculator, I need to achieve this time before my serious build up for the marathon in the second half of the year if I am to achieve a sub four hour time.
There is no doubt my pre race preparation needs some refining. I really messed up the music settings on my ipod and I had to listen to This Girl is on Fire by Alycia Keys (the first song on my running playlist) over and over and over again – for the duration of the race. The previous day I had been chilling out to Bruce Springsteen’s, New York Serenade while on my vibration platform. It lasts for just over nine minutes and I had it on repeat mode. I forgot to deselect repeat mode! It seemed fitting to be rained on for the last few km’s – that fire was really getting out of hand! I never want to hear it again.
There were a few things I was pleased with. I ran several sub 5 minute km’s when running on the flat sections of the course. I do need to learn to pace myself more though and hopefully this will come with experience. Whenever I felt a little tired and felt myself lagging I concentrated on my form – stay tall/look ahead 30 metres/ relax the shoulders/short strides/move those legs like pistons/slight lean forward etc, etc. It certainly helped to keep me focussed and I often felt a surge of energy after each round of this ‘self coaching’. The last three km’s were the toughest and made me realise I have a long way to go before I will be fit enough to run a marathon.