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
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.