Started my third week of Marathon come back training with a 20 minute run yesterday and a 50 minute run along the beach today. Great to run here at Surfers Paradise. Running along the sand with the wind behind is really enjoyable.
GOLD COAST HALF MARATHON went well.
I got up at 4 AM and got to the start around 5 for a 6 AM start in the dark. I think this is the first time I have ever started a race in the dark.
Lately I have been feeling a little bit dizzy in the first couple of Kms of a race so I was pleased to feel reasonable today.On the Saturday I managed to catch a cold but I don’t think this had an effect of my race. My sore knee or quad did not trouble me.
I have also had trouble running distance as of late and was not sure how far I could go with out stopping to a walk.
My legs started to hurt around 11km which I thought did not bode well for a Marathon. But I had a drink of water and had a sugary sweet and that seemed to lift me a bit.
When I got to 17 Km I felt I would be able to finish and started passing people telling myself that it was less than 4 to go and anyone can run 4 Km. But I was still a little afraid to try to go faster as I was still scared of breaking down.
In the last Km I did run a bit faster…4.36….again running into people. In the last 300 m I passed another half dozen but decided against an all out sprint as I usually become dizzy if I run too fast at the end of a race and stop suddenly. Last 300 was at 4.09 pace.
Place: 1496 out of 10,342
Age group…22nd out of 129
Generally pleased with my run….nothing flash time wise but happy not to stop to a walk or get injured or sick.Finished OK with my last 5 Km 45 seconds faster than my first 5 Km.