Tuesday, November 26, 2013

15.6km complete!!

So on Sunday I ran my longest ever distance!

The weather was pretty awful, drizzly and grey.  After I left the carpark at southbank I was freezing!  But thankfully warmed up by the time I got to the start line.  I ended up wearing my long nike epic run tights, a singlet and the event tshirt.  I had brought along a light windbreaker jacket but accidentally left that in the car and I didn't end up needing it.  I also wore a light white cap to keep the rain off my face as that really annoys me whilst running.

In terms of preparation - I had pasta for the 2 nights before the race, I ensured I had had hayfever tablets the day and night before and of the morning.  For breakfast I had a slice of fresh bread with strawberry jam, and a banana smoothie with a scoop of protein.

Before the race

During the race

After the race

I decided to go hardcore on the gels this time which seemed to make a world of difference. I had a gel at the start of the race, 45 mins in, then another one about 30 mins later.  I unfortunately had to stop for a bathroom break on lap 2, but at least I felt hydrated for the race!! :)

Here are some Nike + Running stats

I celebrated with a parma :)

I went home and had a soak in the bath with salts, and also had a bath the next day.  My legs ended up being so sore, especially my calves.  The wet area after the race didn't inspire me to spend much time stretching so I'm sure that didn't help though I did a little bit.  My hips were also really sore - so lots of painful turning during the night in bed!!

My result:

Race 3: 1:46:24.0 Overall Place 176 Age Category Place 33

Given I aimed to run at 7 min/kms I beat that goal and was still going strong at the end.  So I'm happy with how I went!  I feel with more training I could make half marathon distance.

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I unfortunately didn't achieve my original goal of 2x 15km runs, as the second race followed on from back issues which hampered my training.  However I did run a total of 36.2km over 3 races :)

I'm a big fan of the Spring into Shape series.  It has a great course and is at the right time of year where if I've been lazy over winter I can use it to get back into running.


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