So, yesterday was the big day. Over 11,000 people descended upon the Victoria Embankment in Nottingham for the Robin Hood Full, Half and Mini marathons. The half-marathon was my first organised race, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The organisation was great, everyone grouped by predicted time, pace runners with flags, plenty of water and Lucozade points throughout the course – roads closed and stewards on hand.
My first thought, as a normally solo runner, was – aren’t all these people just going to get in the way? But I was wrong, the other runners offered a way to pace myself steadily (at the start anyway), normally I start off much faster than my regular long-distance pace and settle in later on I was able to start at that pace from the get go.
By the half way point, my average kilometre time was 5:44 – perfectly acceptable for my target of around the 2 hour mark but unfortunately by 12km that had dropped to well over 5:50 – the heat of the day started to affect me and for the last two or three km I was pretty slow. Fortunately I made it, my final time (from the chip) was 2:13:23 which for a 15 stone lump is not too bad! It wasn’t on or under the 2 hours, it wasn’t even a PB for the distance, but I was really happy to finish and had a great time!
Sponsorship and support has been incredible, my target was £1000 to split between the two groups and the total currently stands at £1475 and rising! So grateful for all the kind donations, messages and tips that have been shared with me.
So what next you may ask, is this the end of ‘Run fat boy, run!’?? The answer is, not sure! Going to take a week off and then start to try to improve my shorter distance times, would love to be able to break that elusive 25 minute 5km and then maybe extend that to a 50 minute 10km! I am not saying never again to long-distance, just not now!
Thanks for reading…