Time is flying!
It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 6 months since I first decided to take on this challenge, and in that time again I will be (fingers crossed) approaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!
So far I’ve ticked off my running challenge with the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, and I hope to do a couple more 10K runs to keep up my general fitness and because now I’ve got some PBs I want to beat :o)
I’ve started my walking training with a couple of walks (most recently a windy South West coast walk in Devon this weekend) and plenty more planned, including a trip to Snowdonia and a vague plan for Ben Nevis. Also on the agenda are plenty of Box Hill laps and some flatter West London walks.
Fundraising is starting to ramp up with some donations coming in but I still have a long way to go! I am in the process of organising a pub quiz in central London and a couple of other events / raffles etc – details to follow.
I’ve realised I still have quite a long shopping list as far as kit goes. In fact, the only things I have purchased are my boots and some fleece lined walking trousers, so there’s plenty of shopping (/begging/borrowing/
stealing) to be done over the next few months!
Last Sunday was the long awaited Silverstone Half Marathon and I’m pleased to report I managed it! Nice medal hey?
I had targeted myself to finish in under 2.5 hours, and my final time was 2:23:56 – nothing that could be described as fast but a good start for my first half marathon. I wasn’t overly confident of even finishing, having not run further than 11.5km in training, but as usual the atmosphere and adrenaline on the day was enough to get me there. May have been faster and easier with a little more training though!
Sunday was a pretty cold and windy day and when we arrived at Silverstone James, Byron and I all had a ‘what are we doing here?’ moment at the thought of running in the rain. Luckily the rain never materialised but it stayed cold enough that removal of coats and outer layers was not a fun experience and I kept my windproof jacket on to run.
I started the race near the 2h30 pace marker with the strategy of staying between that one and the 2h15 marker, although I overtook them both near the beginning in a reckless burst of enthusiasm. I really enjoyed the first 10km, I felt great and it went quickly; according to Strava it took me just over 1:00:40.
Kilometres 10-13 I will refer to as the thirsty section, as I kept expecting there to be a water stand and there wasn’t. I wish they had offered the choice of water at the Lucozade stand. The second half of the race was much more of a struggle (and much slower) than the first half. I had foolishly thought that the last few kilometres, a lap of the race track, would feel like the home straight and wizz by, but by that point it was horribly windy and I was knackered so it seemed to take forever and it was a great relief to finally see the finish line!
I’ve only got a couple of pics as we didn’t have any spectators and the official photos, while good, are very expensive, but Byron did get a good snap of me near the finish – he and James both finished fast enough that they’d been chilling out for a while before I was anywhere near the end!
In preparation for tomorrow’s Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon I’ve been upping my carb intake over the last few days with some nice big plates of pasta and extra helpings of pitta and hummus
The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking a little wet, but after my wet weather running practice in January it should be OK. Just making sure I take spare socks this time as that was all I wanted after I finished running!
Looking at the course map is getting me quite excited for the run, but also a little scared as it’s a fair bit further than I’ve ever run before… But having been to Silverstone to watch the Grand Prix a couple of times, at least the track is vaguely familiar and as an F1 fan I’m hoping the fun of running through the pit straight will keep me going!
Wish me luck!!
One week today until the Adidas Half Marathon at Silverstone! My race pack has arrived, in fact it arrived about a week ago but I’ve been busy moving house… that’s a good excuse right? As well as the race number and timing chip they also sent a magazine with loads of info including the course map – I’m super excited to run around the Silverstone track (in terms of F1 geekiness this is only tempered by the fact that the F1 season starts at 6am on the same day as the run).
I went for a run yesterday and am now very slightly concerned as the sore knee I developed in January hit me again at 7km in. I carried on until 11.5km and it feels OK the following day, so I’ve just got to hope it’s going to hold out next weekend!
In other news, my trainers are looking a little worse for wear after I took a slight wrong turn during my first run from the new flat – cutting across a park to get to the canal I somehow ended up in a boggy field and had to finish the run with soggy feet…
So February has come and gone in a blur of work, illness and one amazing holiday in Iceland. I’m slightly behind my training schedule for the Silverstone Half Marathon due to all of these things but I’ve done a few runs this week so hoping I can at least finish the Half Marathon even if it takes a few hours!!
I did get a chance to fit in a Box Hill walk with my Dad at the start of February, and we picked a lovely day for it with crisp air and winter sunshine. Our route was a modified version of a loop we did for 2014’s annual Christmas Walk, a total of 7km and 275m gain. Pleased to report comfortable feet all the way after a couple of boot relacings.
I also dragged Jason on a more local walk in the closest thing to countryside near West London, Colne Valley Park. While not very hilly, there are lots of different walking routes and it was muddy enough to stop my boots looking new anymore!