Sunday, March 24, 2013

Yeovil half marathon 2013

The plan was to cycle to Yeovil, about 21 miles and then run and then cycle back.  That would have been brilliant ironman training but the weather conditions have been SOOOOOO bad that we cancelled cycling there. I am so glad we did because today was BALTIC!!!!!!!!

Duncan, Nick and myself were shivering as we registered and picked up our numbers.  We were given a gel each and a new energy drink called "pussy".  I can think of a thousand jokes here but I will behave.  I really couldn't decide what to wear and settled for 2 layers, gloves, hat and a buff.  I took full advantage of the big green mascot that was walking around and squeezed him so tightly and he squeezed me back.

Nick had told us that the first 6 miles were downhill and we foolishly believed him!!!! So the race was on and off we went.  The first mile was spent overtaking lots runners as I think we started a little far to back for my liking. The next few miles was spent trying to raise my core temperature.  It wasn't downhill but rather undulating which was fine it kept me warm.  We did know that the "king of the hill" was at 6 miles and that they had a timing mat at the bottom and the top of the hill.  Needless to say I didn't push the hill.

Now there's one thing that I like to do when running through tunnels is to shout OGGY OGGY OGGY and hopefully most people reply OI OI OI, so when running through a sub way I decided to give it a go.
OGGY
OGGY OGGY..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ok i'll try it one more time
OGGY
OGGY
OGGY......mmmmmmmm this is AWKWARD.  What a bunch of boring runners!!!!

So anyway..... back to the race. I was feeling pretty strong, I couldn't feel my hands or my toes but it was all good. I checked my watch and I knew I was on course for a pb.  The last mile was pretty tough, cold biting wind and I was glad off my buff keeping that nasty cold air out of my lungs.

I could hear the finish line before I saw it and was glad when I saw it.  You turned a corner and then there was a 80m straight to the finish.  That was it.... sprint finish... in these last few metres I overtook about 6 people.. I could hear the commentator and the crowd cheering me on and I crossed the line in 1.44.15.  I then hung on to the barrier waiting for the nausea to pass.  My garmin said 1.44.17 but the clock on the finish line said 1.44.42 but I later found out that was the clock time not the chip time.  My 10k split was 48.35.  I was 9th in my age cat out of 49 women and 247th out of 813 runners and I am very happy about that.

I had no idea that I would pull a sub 1.45 out of the bag today. My last half marathon was 1.50.40 and was completely flat. Its a great result and I beginning to think I deserve my place in  Team Tri UK