Beautiful day to be running through London as the flora & fauna begins to wake up into spring. Here’s a view from Regents Canal.
A very persistent and resilient cough following a January cold substantially inhibited running for most of Jan & Feb.. So it was good to take part in 2 Half Marathons recently.
Brighton Half was a windy affair having to cope with the remains of Storm Doris.
Bath was more straightforward although it took forever to get into the start area as for some reason, there was only one modestly sized entrance through which everyone had to pass. It was good to meet up with a few of the other MS Trust Runners before hand.
Neither times were particularly good as might have been expected given the lack of running prior to the races. But hopefully they will stand me in good stead for the 3 upcoming Marathons in April (Manchester, Brighton and London). I have also decided that I will run the London Marathon to fund raise for the MS Trust as I have done in previous years. Click here or on the MS Trust Logo to be directed to my Fundraising page.
As in previous years, the running conditions were as good as you could wish for. Cool yet reasonably sunny with little wind and no rain. Content with my time of 3 hours 39 minutes – not as a fast as last year but OK given the reduced training : Fairly even splits too.
House move and other stuff is the excuse.
So the last races were the Edinburgh Marathon – a day that was too warm for my liking so happy with 3h 45m – and then the next day the London Vitality 10k with a time of just over 46m. Apparently you are not supposed to race such distances on consecutive days.
Since then (end of May) I have done every little running and only tried to start training properly this last month. To be honest I’ve suffered with that feeling a lack of speed and endurance : Running 10 miles at a slow pace has been terribly difficult. I was due to run the Victoria Park 10k which was also the Club & Middlesex County Championship but thanks to the Overground not starting at the published time I was unable to get to the Race.
I was worried about running the Great North Run (Half Marathon) last weekend but had a good training session on the Thursday prior. The day of the race was warm & sunny – not my preferred conditions – so under the circumstances I am not unpleased with my time of 1h 44m. I ran in my MS Trust vest and called in on the MS Trust tent to grab a bourbon biscuit, while having a photo taken, which so far hasn’t as was threatened appeared on Facebook.
Next race is the London Parks Half Marathon in early October … lets how close I can get to my ‘PB’ of 1h 35m.
My first 10k of 2016 : A week after London Marathon and it felt good to run. Time (unofficially) 45m 54s.
90th in my Category – and yes there were more than 90 in my category !
3h 41m 39s – not bad under the circumstances as I am still not 100% recovered from a very persistent cough/cold type thing. I think it may be my fastest London Marathon (but not my fastest overall).
Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me : Anyone else ?? Please ??
Do please sponsor me to raise much needed funds for the MS Trust on this my 21st Marathon & 8th consecutive London.