Do you ever feel your ready to take on the challenge, but find out something is stopping you? The Robin Hood half marathon!!
Not a good race for me
Nice, flat and fast
Achievable Pb race
Around wonderful Nottingham
University Boulevard, Around Highfields Lake
Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham
Starting and finishing around the stunning Victoria Embankment
Over 6,000 finishes
But it just was not my day.
Firstly I need to get out and race more, wow I was so impressed with how many runners and spectators were at this race. Only half marathons I have done are Worksop, Mansfield and Retford. Knowing I was going to meet up with some friends I expected to turn up and greet them, no way of this happening!!
It was a glorious day, the sun was shining there were thousands of runner and amazing crowds of spectators.
Off I set wanting to break records ( only my PB records though ) I felt great up to 6 miles, not to fast and not to slow and on time for a pb at half way, that is if I could pull a little time back in the second half. At around 7 miles I slowed for a drink, energy drink station just what I needed. Then a man cut in front of me forcing me to stop, not a problem, usually but this time was different, my knees just felt like they locked.
Trying to talk myself out of the problem I tried to carry on running, but how do you run when you can not straighten your legs? shuffle, yes shuffle around the next 6 miles. After slowing and shuffling, feeling sorry for myself and drinking to much I then got stitch, arr how can this be happening to me?
The only thing that got me to the end was knowing my family was waiting for me at the end. Oh well I have another half marathon or 2 to plan before London Marathon.
Got home and slept all afternoon,,, onwards and upwards.
Same thing happened as in London, thought it was my trainers then but now find out not. Husband checked it and found out I have some weak spot to work on, lots of squats... 6 months to improve for London as I never want this to happen again...
Watch out Nottingham, same time same place next year, I am coming to get you and after my shiny new PB