Marathon Watch – 50 days to go (& Roding Valley Half Marathon Race Recap)

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So yesterday marked 50 days to go until the London Marathon & I am still feeling strangely calm

Following my Physios advise I have laid off the running a little bit recently, I had a half marathon booked last Sunday and there was doubt over whether I should run but following my scan I decided I would run but that I would take it slowly (not sure who I am trying to kid with that statement I had nicknamed this particular Half the Half from Hell a few year ago.

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Roding Valley Half Marathon is a small Half Marathon organised by Woodford Green Athletics Club, as I mentioned above I have ran this Half Marathon before and I swore never again so I am not really sure what possessed me to sign up this year other than the fact that I genuinely believed that if I can cope with this I can cope with the marathon

RVHM is a two lap course which contains 13 hills, yep one a mile and some of them are evil!!

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Based on my running recently compared with my running in 2014 I expected to finish this race in around 2hrs 40, so I was chuffed to bits when I finished in 2hrs 33 a 3 minute course PB something I was definitely not expecting, my strategy on the day was to walk up the hills and to run the down hills and the flats and it obviously worked there is a stretch of the course between miles 4-5 & 9-10 that is pretty flat and honestly I felt like I floated along, my legs must have been so shot from the hills because this bit felt like a breeze, and I wouldn’t usually be comfortably running at 10 miles

 

Would I recommend Roding Valley Half Marathon, yes I would, its friendly, well marshalled, well supported by the local community and its cheap (I think it was only £18), the negatives & I hate to name them but having to pick up race numbers on the day is a personal annoyance, I would much rather pay a few £s extra for it to be posted & there were no toilets on the course, it may not be a biggy for many but I think for a half marathon they are a must (if you wanted the loo you had to pop into a local cafe or bar or detour off the courses slightly to go back to the start line and use the loo there)

There hasn’t really been anymore running over the last few days as I was waiting to see my physio again, but I had a sports massage Thursday, have been given some strenthening exercises and have a plan for the next few weeks that involves a couple of 5ks a 10, some treadmill, exercise bike & rowing machine work and some stretching

Oh and the weight loss seems to be back on track

Are you training for an event, how are you getting on?

 

 

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