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The Amazing Race

Ealing Half Marathon

It happened. The Most Amazing Race. The race where all the planets align and you run an excellent PB AND you also love the entire distance.

I had almost started to believe that a race of that kind wasn’t possible. That you either ran fast for a PB (while wanting to throw up the whole time) and only enjoyed the PB glory bit afterwards OR you ran slower and enjoyed the running while you’re running.

I had no clear expectations from Sunday’s Ealing Half marathon. I don’t run for more than 12km at a time these days and even though I do intervals of some sort once a week, my pace on my “long” runs hasn’t been that speedy.

I enjoyed Ealing last year so figured that if I couldn’t beat my PB of 1:44:21 by at least a few seconds, I’d just plod around the course and enjoy the sunshine.

To beat 1:44 I had to keep my average pace below 4:57 min/km. The course is a bit up & down so my splits were not consistent but I passed everyone going downhill (are people scared of running downhill fast?) and after 10km started passing most people going uphill as well.

Ealing Half Marathon

I had one brief black mental moment after the 7km mark. I’d been going at a good fast pace & then all of a sudden thought “Ugh. Still so long to go.” Thankfully the optimist side of my brain took over and said “What’s your problem? Is anything actually hurting? No? Legs – no. Feet – no. Lungs – no. You’re feeling great so keep pushing the pace!”

By the time 10km came I was flying. Thinking I only had 11km to go was great, it seemed so short.

Ealing Half Marathon

I kept an eye on my Garmin and saw that my average was no longer hovering around 4:56-4:59 but was actually getting lower and lower than 4:56. I like when my legs surprise me during a race 🙂

The final km long loop around Lammas Park was a bit mental – it’s always hard when you can see the finish line but have to go a long way around a loop to get there.

But I got there. Crossed the finish line, stopped my Garmin and looked – 1:42.24. I felt a little bit nauseous but not wanting to throw up so was quite surprised at just how good the race felt at that pace.

I had been doubting my running lately, thinking whether I’d hit a plateau and wouldn’t get faster anymore but lo and behold – I am still getting faster!

Happy days.

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  • Reply
    October 3, 2015 at 10:38 am

    2 mins off your PB; that’s awesome! And yes, people are scared of running downhill :o)

    • Reply
      October 8, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I love running downhill although I think about face planting the entire time. So far it’s never happened though 😀

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    September 30, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Awesome PB! Well done and great photos too – so strong!

  • Reply
    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    September 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Congrats on the PB! Sounds like you had a really great race. A race with no pressures but a fantastic outcome!

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