I hadn't planned on running the Sandy Point Half Marathon, but a friend who lives that way who is newish to running events
We ended up having a hectic day prior with a celebratory lunch with my aunt & uncle (& cousin's) who've just sold their house. Plumbing Boy had to collect his Mum from the other side of town while I got a few chores done. Next we had to pick up some furniture & drop it off in a friends garage, then back over the other side of town to drop of the MIL & then head to friends around the corner for our god daughters 20th birthday dinner.
It wasn't the kind of day I would normally plan leading up to an event - despite having run quite a few half marathon events now I still get quite nervous & anxious if things aren't well organised. That day was what you would call organised chaos! Plus we didn't get home til 11.00pm & we had a 5.30am alarm to get up to!
Had arranged to pick up running friend at 7.50am - who wasn't ready. Her hubby & their 3 kids + another friend had planned on walking/running the 5km, but hubby was out injured with a bad back, so was to hang out with PB holding the excess clothes. BTW, plaster cast comes off in 4 weeks, no plates or pins required after seeing the specialist, but cant get back on his dirt bike until 12 weeks from date of break.
I had to go out to the car & wait with PB & do some deep breathing as friends decided now we'd all go together & things were somewhat frantic inside getting kids dressed & shoes on. I hate being late & when running an event, NEED to be there at least 30 minutes before the start! So yes, I was a bundle of anxiety. It wasn't pleasant.
We made it to the event with 10 minutes to spare. A friend of a friend was also running the event & spotted me as we arrived so had a quick chat with her, which was lovely & calming!!! The sun was out, the sky was blue, the breeze light. Ditched my jumper with a couple of minutes to spare as we headed to the starting chute.
Running friend is a little faster than me so we started out together, but I told her to take off & run her own race! I'm not one for chatting while running anyway - apart from the fact it's hard!!! I prefer to listen to my music. First km was a little fast & I had to slow myself down as I'd have run out of legs at that pace (5.15). Settled into the run & found myself running faster than I thought I should, & several times had to slow the pace just a little. A pace of 5 minutes 30 seconds per km would have given me a PB, so was aiming for just under that.
Spotted running friend & friend of friend between the 9 & 10km markers heading back - they were about a km or so ahead of me as expected. We yelled out to each other with a wave & a smile & continued our respective runs. It was pretty much at this point that I
I decided to wear my Kayano 20's on this run. They had 550kms on them prior to the event. I usually retire them from running at around the 600km mark & just wear them for gym or to work. The Kayano's are a stability shoe for mild pronation. The Nike Lunar Glides I wore for the marathon & the last half of marathon training are more of a neutral shoe & while I was fitted for them in store, it has more recently occurred to me that no amount of fitting in store will take into account body fatigue towards the end of a long run.
After a chat with my acupuncturist recently about ITB in my body & the order of muscle fatigue, it had me thinking about needing to wear the more stable shoe at distance & leave the neutral shoe for shorter distances & speed work. So I decided to test the theory out & am happy to report NO KNEE PAIN AT ALL!!!! And a PB!!!!!! I came in at 1 hour 53 mins & 35 seconds pace 5.22 (previous PB 1:56:11).
Powered the last 5kms home, reeling in a few runners who'd passed me earlier. I'd line one up & decided that by the next km I would overtake them. Definitely helps keep your mind busy! There were a few runners who over took me too, but I was very happy with the strong finish including overtaking a guy in the finishing chute! Heard PB & co cheer me over the finish line & also saw friend of friend immediately after & had a chat to her & her hubby & kids.
I quite like the smaller events, although there is nothing quite like the Melbourne Marathon with people lining the streets & cheering you the whole way! There were still a few kids out giving high fives at this event & I made an effort to oblige all! Including cheering on some of the volunteers who were giving runners a cheer & clap on the way past.
Spent the afternoon with our friends having a BBQ & celebrating PB's all round with a few glasses of bubbles! Missed out on soaking in the tub Sunday night & was quite stiff on Monday. My legs still haven't recovered I don't think! Saturday was a HARD 14kms with legs protesting every step of the way & SLOW (we shall call it an Everest run Carol!!)!!!!
Taper is now on for the Warrnambool Athletic's Half Marathon in a couple of weeks. Not sure I'll be able to pull off another PB, but have rewarded myself with new shoes (Kayno 21's).