This morning I ran my 4th Run the Beat half marathon, here’s how I’ve done:
> September 2010 – Time: 1:51:13
> September 2011 – Time: 1:50:11
> October 2012 – Time: 1:49:05
> September 2013 – Time: 1:51:39
Does that happen to runners? That all of a sudden after years of running you have a race that’s worse than the first one you ever did?!?
What’s worse than the time, is the fact that the race today felt very tough. My legs just wouldn’t move. I wasn’t sure I was going to finish at one point and then at mile 12 when half way up the Hill from Hell, I walked.
That has never happened to me before during a race.
So why do I think today was such a struggle?
1. I did not taper properly – I went to Crossfit on Tuesday and Thursday and have been really sore all week. After 10km my legs felt like led.
2. The new route was very loopy – London is a big city, why the need for little loops on a race route, especially ones that involve squeezing 19,000 people through narrow gates? (I heard that at some point during the race the bottleneck was 5 minutes and the marshals started waving people to just keep going and skip that part of the route!?!)
3. Right at mile 12 marker we had to run up the hill towards the Greenwich observatory. That is a big hill. And to make matters worse, once you get up you can see the finish line but lo’ and behold – the route turned AWAY from it for another freaking loop! (that.was.simply.mean)
So…. another race, another lesson learned.
My next half marathon is the Royal Parks one on 6th of October. Let’s hope that that one goes better 🙂