This week was a washout with a torn muscle therefore no running. Well that’s what should of happened. This was so frustrating as the plan was to have a crack at my Half Marathon PB (1:16:06) at the Wokingham Half on Sunday. On a brighter note it was my Birthday on the Monday and I was off work for the week to paint the kitchen, which at least took my mind off of running, but didn’t speed recovery.
Mon: No running just painting
Tue: Painting no running
Wed: Yet more painting no running
Thu: Even more painting no trainers in sight
Fri: I couldn’t bear it any longer and went out for a 10min spin, every time I got faster than 7:00 pace the leg hurt.
Sat: As my Son, Josh didn’t have piano we went to his first Parkrun, I ran with him, we clocked 31:40 not bad for a first go at 8yo. On a positive note my leg didn’t feel painful at all.
Sun: Who says you need both legs to run? This was the third time I had entered Wokingham and I had never run it before, my wife was running her first half, so I would run but easy. Now I have previously mentioned I like to beat my number andtjis time it was 160 hmmm is this the day that goes? What constitutes easy pace? Should I run easy to start and pick up? There were a lot of questions going through my mind. In the end I plumped for running at Marathon pace and see how I go, hoping to finish at about 80mins. I lined up at the 80min sign and in front of me were runners who I wasn’t sure could manage sub-80, in fact one gent in a Pistol Pete T-shirt finished some way behind me in 2:05…it does annoy me especially as there was chip timing. The first few miles slipped past running very easy chatting to anyone who would listen thanking supporters saying hi to Mick & Phil click here to look them up. It felt easy, perhaps too easy the as the miles swept past at 5:50 – 5:55 pace. As we turned into the wind I got chatting to a nice chap from Thames Hare & Hounds, Toby, before picking up some of the leading ladies. I provided support and shelter from the worst of the wind. The pace slowed considerably in the last 3 miles into a strong headwind. I clocked 1:19:05, which as a Marathon paced run I am very happy with. This brought me home 115th beating my number and keeping the streak going! Jayne my wife was tired and emotional to finish her first half in 2:25 a cracking performance, then home to celebrate with a glass of bubbly.