my running adventures – barefoot or otherwise
My last post was quite some time ago now…and in fact, I haven’t posted since I started the new term at work!
So, here I am blogging on a night while my beloved wife is sat watching yet another episode of her Downton Abbey lovefest! Well, it beats marking for another night!
Since the start of term, I have managed to get out for a weekly long run on a Saturday morning. You can check out my progress here:
31st August: http://www.strava.com/activities/78825261 (1:30:45 3rd best time for a Half Marathon)
7th September: http://www.strava.com/activities/80635730 (Hare and Tortoise race with a friend)
14th September: http://www.strava.com/activities/82275280 (1:20:18 PR for a Half Marathon!!)
Now I’m hoping I get my final longer run nailed tomorrow to give me confidence ahead of next weekend’s race (Sunday 29th September).
I should probably explain a bit about the above mention of a Hare and Tortoise race! It was a fun, tense affair and worked like this; My friend, Mr Herd, and I agreed on a route and an end point and roughly calculated how long we thought it would take us based on a sensible pace for each of us. We worked out that with me 6-minute mileing, and Mr Herd 8-minute mileing, it equated to an approximate 20 minute time difference. Therefore, he set off at 7am, and I at 7:20am.
It was a testing run for both of us. Mr Herd felt the pressure of being chased down, while I had the motivation to really pull out all the stops to catch him up! Unfortunately, after a few GPS issues which led to giving Mr Herd a shade more time, there wasn’t enough road to catch him up, and he won the race by a good few minutes in the end.
However, it turned out that instead of 8-minute mileing, Mr Herd outdid himself to average 7:35-minute miles for the duration of the 19km race. I was never going to catch him!
This long run really did spur my training on a bit though, and last weekend I managed to really break off the shackles, running a PR that gave me hope that I can manage my long-term target for this impending Half Marathon of dipping under 1:20 for the distance. I feel this would be an immense achievement for me, and one that I won’t be in a physical condition to beat for quite a while yet, what with our third child due in November and all the amazing wonderfulness that this brings!
So, what gave rise to my putting together this crazy-fast target of 1:20 for 13.1 miles? Well, it all started with my self-imposed challenge of running a 10-mile race in under an hour back in June (which I managed, in 59:29). You can read about that particular race here. There are a further two parts of that race report that follow, just so you know!
As I’d done this, I felt that a further 3 miles at the same 6-minute mile time would be possible. As such, this would see me home for a Half Marathon well inside 1:20. Since then though, I haven’t raced with others, so being able to post a time of 1:20:18 on a solo run has made me feel confident that I can repeat this in a race situation.
I’m so excited now, because my race number has come through too!
Check this out…it even has my first name on it!
What is the coolest race number you’ve worn in a race?
What goals do you have in running terms for the remainder of this year?
run smooth, light and easy…which helps you run FAST! 🙂