Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Ashiya UNICEF Half Marathon
Linda and I biked there, another 10 km on a bike logged, carrying the picnic. Sarah and Katy were there already, they needed to register well ahead of us so had set off earlier.
We found Sarah easy enough and set about getting comfy for the wait. Pete, Megumi, Karin and Paul all appeared during the morning. Katy had said hello to bacon man and then set off.
It was a beautiful day, warm but not too hot, the cherry blossom was out in force and the course looked beautiful.
Bacon, Sausage and Ham were there to wave off the competitors and everybody had a good run.
Sarah finished her 10k in 55 minutes and felt comfortable all the way, no repeat of last years near feint at the end.
I went out fast and attempted to hold on, at 10 miles I was well inside my PB, I knew I could not fail to set another one and then it all went a little wrong. I'm sure it was mental, I did have a blister forming, I had gone out hard (for me) but I think it really was a case of "I've hit my target so I don't need to suffer any more" and of course in slowing down the suffering grew. The last 3 miles were simply no fun, no matter how pretty the blossom.
I finished pleased with my time 1:50.50 happy in the knowledge that I can run just better than 5min/k for 10 miles and also of the opinion that I don't need to do another long run on concrete again for a good while.
Two days later, I'm writing this, my blister still hurts, my calves are still sore and my knee twinges on the stairs occasionally.
I can run all day in the hills and feel so much better afterwards.
Back to the trails for me.