Today I ran the Bath Half Marathon… and I absolutely hated it. Before we go into the details as to why, I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for your support. My running mojo hasn’t been at its best during this training cycle, however I kept going and training hard and your support and word of encouragement today meant a lot.
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What I didn’t like about the Bath Half.
♠ Too congested. Too.freaking.congested. I cannot remember what predicted time I put, surely sub 2h as it was still my aim at the time of registration, but I found myself in one of the last starting pen. Personally, I did not find my pace at all during this race. Not using this as an excuse as some friends got some massive 20min PB on this course, it’s just a fact that I am a “sail and cruise” type of runner. This is why I LOVED the Bristol Half marathon (read my recap here), I had space.
♠ It’s a loop. I didn’t look at the race details at all when signing up for the Bath Half Marathon and I did not realise that it was going to be a loop. I was very negative about it at first. Then I thought that it would be a good opportunity to try a negative split race strategy. Not using a watch, just on feel. My plan was to listen to a podcast for the first hour and then to speed up on the second lap and enjoy the various bands (I think there were 6) music. Didn’t happen due to F’congestion.
♠ It’s a 11am start. I don’t like late start. It makes it awkward fuelling-wise. I like eating a bit closer to the race start. The race didn’t start until 11am today while I had my breakfast at 7am.
♠ I didn’t have my people there. It’s rare that I don’t have my people in the crowd. I can’t blame them, I run a lot, it’s not always possible to come to every race.
♠ It’s still not getting easier. Training was hard because most of my runs had hills (hills everywhere in Bristol) or I run with people much faster than me. I kept going thinking that it would be worth it on race day, that the race would seem easier. It wasn’t. Running a half marathon still feels difficult. It’s frustrating. ♠ I was not 100%. I woke up on Tuesday with a sore throat. I managed to shift that but had a runny nose this morning, which wasn’t optimal for breathing.
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What I liked about the Bath Half
I totally copied Lissy and ran this race with bright lipstick and glitters. #ThisGirlCan
♥ I made Lissy’s flapjacks! I followed her recipe but used Almond butter as I didn’t have any peanut butter and two bananas as I wanted to use up my second one.
♥ I can run less. This month, I ran x 2.5 times more than I usually do for a half marathon training. In fact, I even ran more than in my last month of marathon training last year! And the results were the same… I managed to run more because I am a student again and I had a flexible timetable. However, there were some times when I really, really didn’t want to go running but forced myself too. Next time I won’t. I still need to improve my flexible approach to training and I think that for me it doesn’t mean more running but more cross training. When is Boom cycle opening in Bristol?
♥ I don’t need a watch. I cannot even begin to imagine how much worst this race would have been had I been stressing about my time. I am very glad that I chose to run without one.
♥ I ♥ him. And I thought a lot about it during the race.
Any bad race experience? If so, why?