Feeling quite good from doing the long miles and so really pushed it today on the way to work.
So with the entry into the London Marathon I have now set myself a target of being able to complete a Half marathon before the end of the year.
I have also set a target time of 3 Hours 5 Minutes which mean I would then qualify for 2017 marathon, time will see if this is a little bit out of my reach but nothing like pushing yourself to see what your end result will be, I am hoping that I would be atleast under 4 hours!!
So it was a clear Friday evening when this race happened, my Wife and Son came along to watch also which was an added boost.
I felt good having gotten a 10k PB a few days before whilst running off road, with a route that was similar to the one I was about to run. We lined up, being my first proper mass start the atmosphere was awesome and I don’t think I will forget it, hearing the gun go and then watching down the line as the sea of runners started to bob up and down before it reached where I stood and then we we’re off.
It took a while to get into a rhythm avoiding slower runners and kerbs as the whole running field spread out swallowing the road before we we’re then funnelled into the parts of the course that was 2 way, once in the zone with other runners around me you tended to find that you catch up to another runner and then go passed them in the hope that you hadn’t gone to early. I had already pre planned the route and time of when I should go strong and hold back but using the watch and distance as a gauge this seemed to work, passing a couple of people I knew who were marshalling gave me that extra boost.
First lap passed quickly and I felt good, taking on some water and just sticking to the plan even when others came passed, knowing that going up the hill again on the second lap was going to be my time of whether to go or not. See running clubs members struggling on the hill the second time round I knew it was time to go after the downhill section on a small distance away. I went like a rocket after coming down the hill the othersie and overtaking multiple people who had just over taken me, my legs and my body felt good and I really pushed the last 2km of the course knowing that my wife and Son would be waiting. With less than 1km to go and with someone trying to go with me it was on and I pushed again with then the finish straight to do, giving high fives as I crossed the line with spectators. I stopped my watch and looked down, awesome another 10k PB.
After the 10k my body felt like it could of gone on further with the high and buzz of the event pushing me and helping me feel stronger, I am not sure how much longer at the pace I could of gone but hey its nice to know. I really enjoyed the race with a nice medal at the finish line, it glows in the dark don’t you know, I would do this event again. Oh and did I mention that I did this in new shoes that I had only just purchased during that week…..(more on that another time)
With the internet the ability to quickly find something out is only a short tap away.
Type “running enter what you will here” and you will have more results than you know what to do with. So it is key to try and find the most relevant parts to the search results for you, this can be hard and can end up trawling the results for some hours without too much, again everyone is different so reading as much as you can always helps.
I have found that YouTube has been very good in not only reviews but also techniques to be used when running, warming up or down and eating.
One of the better ones I have been viewing is the Running Wild by 2 people who seem to be able to convey things very well for a newbie like me anyway.
One for reviews who is very good and has a good following is DC Rainmaker who does some excellent reviews of equipment he uses, allowing you to compare different makes/models and also allows other to comment on their experiences.
Lastly for reviews on running shoes etc it has to be Running Shoe Guru who has a nice site which allows you to find the correct shoes based on experience of a user.
Go and give them a look, I am not affiliated with them just find that they really do help a newbie.
Yup you have guessed I decided with a deal available to get some road running specific trainers.
Can you guess what brand I went for? Yup Asics, I went for the Gel-Nimbus 16 in the Blue colourway. (They match my socks)
After having my Gait analysed I have been looking and looking and looking at multiple pairs and comparing and watching the prices, Wiggle had a deal on again so I went and chose the above pair at a reduced rate.
They seemed to be a little tighter than the previous pair but thought they would break in a little and I really didn’t want a pair of trainers that would end up being too big so stuck with these 9’s and not the 9.5’s.
Now with over 10 miles in and they feel very nice indeed, just right in fact odd how these felt different from the Fuji’s that I had purchased, albeit second hand off eBay, but didn’t think that 2 9’s from the same company would differ. Anyway my running feels better and they feel a lot more surefooted than the Fuji’s when the surface is damp which does help to build confidence but its not missed placed. The laces a little shorter than the Fuji’s but they do lace up well and feel very supportive.
Overall I am happy with them as my first proper pair of running shoes, I can only imagine what the top of the range 17’s are like?!
I often scan eBay for cycling and running bits and pieces, sometimes also anything in between.
So this time I ended up purchasing Runners World UK magazine and their running book. Magazine was cheap so was happy about that and also seems to have a subscribers cover, the book was also cheaper than purchasing new so again happy about this.
I have been able to have a read of both with the book being very helpful. So if you are happy to wait a little longer for a good running read then eBay is a safe bet to go to for this.