The week after my last half marathon, if I could find an excuse not to run, I used it. so after six days of not running I attended a session run by my local running shop. It is an interval session and I have been going for about three years. I have an awesome sprint finish. the rest of the running is slow, but it is all about the sprint finish. I had a great session and got up to unbelievable speeds. If only some of that could find itself into my regular running.
I was sensible and did a good 4 mile run while the rest of Derby were watching the footy. (No traffic, so didn't have to stop at the roads)
The day dawned and I got up stupidly early after a late shift the evening before. I waited outside for my lift. I went back into the house three times to use the loo. You have to be at this race by 9.30am, even though it doesn't start until 11.00am. It is a 30 minutes bus ride to the start. Then there is the loo queue. There was an important race briefing. The route had changed from last year due to a lorry taking out one of the bridges. There was a diversion which went through a field of cows. I was a little disappointed. I had been practicing my long jump.
Then we were off. I started at the back as usual. A lady next to me said she was aiming for tree hours and took off like a rocket. It is a fairly flat route along the White Peak Trail. There are a few ups and downs, but they aren't obvious. I decided after my last race to try and slow my pace down for the first few miles and was on target at 5 miles. I negotiated the field and there were no cows.
From 8 miles there are three steep inclines. I was slowing down so that helped with my average pace. The last one is at 10 miles and it is a 1:8 and lasts for 3/4 mile. Tough on the knees and tough n the flabby bits. Even the flabby bits I didn't know I had hurt. I did end up with a stitch at the bottom of this incline and almost stopped running to walk it off. The rest of the route was flat and I decided that it was probably quicker to try and run it albeit slowly so the finish would arrive quicker.
I heard the usual shout of 'run for the train' and finished with a time of 2:30:09. I was so pleased. I didn't stop and give up like I did last year and was 6 minutes quicker.
The best thing about this race is that because the full marathon starts further up the trail, I am not the last one to finish. The winner of the full marathon was 20 minutes behind me.
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