Today was the MK Half Marathon as part of the MK Festival of Running and boy was it a wet one. It didn’t just drizzle, it didn’t just rain, but it poured and poured and didn’t stop and just to add insult to injury it then snowed! Having said that I quite like running in the rain and I wasn’t too bothered and it was definitely one way to keep cool, although the hot shower when I got home was heaven!
I was a bit nervous about today. My eternal cold that I thought had disappeared mid-week reared itself again on Saturday but following a decent sleep on Saturday night and my traditional pre-race carbonara pasta I woke up on Sunday feeling ok – not brilliant but ready to run.
The race started well, ran a bit quick for the first three miles but it was all downhill and wanted to see what 8 min race pace felt like. I then had to stop to retie my shoe as it was too loose but got going again and settled on 8:15 pace and ran the rest of the race at this quite comfortably until the final mile or so where three sharp inclines meant I had to walk as my calf muscle felt like it was going to pop. With London only seven weeks to go it wasn’t worth the risk so with a final mile of 9:30 I just got under the 1:50 mark, but on closer inspection it was a PB so all was well.
Several positives came out of today. I ran at a possible marathon pace which was comfortable and when I finished I still felt there was stuff left in the tank which bodes well for the next few weeks as I need to get a crack on with higher mileage. I also used the race as an opportunity to try out some new kit and nutrition.
I bought a fuel belt to hold some gels and this worked well although my Extreme Sport Beans (jelly beans with a kick – not for the kiddies!) tasted nice but you need the hands of a small child to get them out of the packet. But, this did pass a mile or two very quickly while I fought to get them out of the packet and eat them. Might need to rethink how I take these round London…
I also wore my SANDS running vest for the first time and had some really nice comments from fellow runners about what a great charity it was to support.
I have to say that considering the weather, turnout on the route was brilliant. There were very few spots where there wasn’t a supporter cheering away. The David Lloyd Redway Runners were very well represented and the support they gave their club mates was amazing. It has got me thinking about joining a club again as it can get quite lonely training on your own at times and a club is a great motivator for getting out there even when you don’t feel like it.
So, all in all a good, if rather wet and cold day 🙂