By Louise ... On Friday 13 February, I undertook my challenge No 3 which was the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. It’s been heating up in Dubai and as the thermometer hit 36 degrees earlier in the week this added another challenge to the event.
I have been suffering with Shin splints and the intended 7 days of no impact training turned into 21 as the healing continued very slowly. It’s been very frustrating and for the first time I have started to panic. In place of running I have been cross training and biking along with circuit training 4 times a week and yoga so my fitness is good but I have not been able to do the long runs which might explain why I looked like this when I crossed the finishing line!!!
Preparation began in earnest with taping my shin and breakfast courtesy of the Waldolf Astoria RAK.
The run began at 7am which means the sun is rising and within half an hour it was bright and sunny with a fortunate breeze. The aim was to finish the half marathon and work on keeping my pace more consistent as I have a tendency to run the first half a little too quickly. The first 10Km went well keeping to an even pace, I slowed a little from 13KM to 15KM and then was OK until 18KM when it felt like I had no petrol left in the tank.
I usually get a second wind around 19Km but this time nothing. I was determined to keep chipping away and not stop which was achieved except at the 20KM water stop. I have yet to master the art of drinking while running, I have subsequently drenched myself on many occasions and still missed my mouth!!!!!!! I started running again and made it to the finish in 2 hours 18 mins, not my PB but am happy as having not run any significant distance in the last 4 weeks the mission was accomplished and my shin held out.
The increase in distances begins this week with 23KM on Friday morning and an additional 2KM for the next 8 weeks before the tapering in preparation for the London Marathon.
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