Run like the wind bullseye, or rather Run with The Wind Half Marathon. Ran by the ever brilliant Strathaven Striders. I did this race last year so knew what to expect, eg hills and lots of them.
This race had soo many emotions. Firstly my watch only said 12.98 miles and I ran all the course, so does it still count? (Plot spoiler, I got a PB of 1:41:47.) First 3 miles were great, all downhill. At the start of any race you always feel like you are flying and sort of have to remind yourself of just how many miles there is still to go. Then we reached the bottom of the first big hill. The next 2 miles are all uphill and tough. I knew it was just 2 miles to the top so just had to grind it out. Hearing the piper at the top of the hill, was oh so very Scottish but also so welcomed!
Can anyone explain how how do you drink water out of a cup and run? I had to stop completely for 5 seconds to drink the water. Maybe I should add this into race day practice. Miles 6-7 were all downhill and a good way so stretch the legs which were already feeling tight.
Miles 8-10 were hard. My legs felt really really heavy and I struggled to just feel like I was moving at all. Spoke to people from the Strathaven club who promised after mile 10 it was downhill… So that made life easier, and I managed to pick up pace again, once I knew it was all downhill. Passed someone who said they remember me overtaking them last year (naturally, I made sure to speed up at this point!). Should I be worried that he remembered me from last years Run with The Wind Half Marathon?
The finish is through a grassy school field, so definitely a bit like bambi on ice! I dug deep to try and sprint over the line as much as possible. 1 minute 30 of my old PB though. Definite progress. Bring on the next 9 weeks of training for London Marathon.
Such a Scottish race – a good old Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer.
A cup of soup and a sandwich and a t-shirt in the race goody bags.