South Yorkshire Half Marathon. First real test

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
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8week 6days till The White Peak Marathon.

No running since Tuesday due to resting for the SY 1/2 marathon so I am concentrating on Today in this. Not a full nights sleep for me, I woke up around 1am with my left hand middle finger throbbing because of an infection I have developed in the tip to the joint. I had to go downstairs and Drain the white pus out just so that I could get some sleep. back to bed for just over 4.5hrs of sleep. Alarm went off, got ready, had my breakfast and out of the door to make my way to Hillsborough to meet Ryan & Charlotte Jenkinson to get my very appreciated lift to the Race.

Warm up and the race started. I knew I had maybe set off a little fast but didn’t feel like i had. miles 1-2 went quickly with splits of 6:00 & 6:16 not quite to plan but felt strong. This is where we went up Stickin Lane hill the first proper hill. A controlled long climb and down into the village and round the twisty roads. miles 2-4 in splits of 6:39  & 6:42.

I went past the first water station at 3.5miles without taking the cup and regretted it at mile 5. felt a little dehydrated and started to get stitch. Dug into my ribs and pushed on. up and down and back up again to the mid-point of the race. I stopped at water station & took on water letting three people pass with hope of catching them again later. There was a fair head wind along the residential area.  Miles 4-6 in splits 6:42 & 6:29.

Onto the second lap and things started to unravel a bit started to feel the stitch coming back on and had to slow down slightly. the Splits for miles 6-8  7:02 & 7:03.  10 seconds off 1Hr 30min pace.

The second climb up Stickin lane hill was decidedly harder this time and I was so glad to descend back into the bottom of Adwick-on-Dearne. This time around I took the cup of water and pushed on. I wasnt gaining on anyone and was pulling away from the people behind me. Splits for miles 8-10 were 6:48 & 7:02

Right 10miles done, 3.1mile to go. Time for a parkrun 5k. Picked up pace and was flying  but after a mile the hill slowed me a little at first, So did the 10yr old ginger kid who thought it would be cool to throw gravel at the passing runners. I shouted ”f##k off , you little ginger c##t’ and instantly felt guilty for it. Picked up the pace again and into Bolton-on-Dearne and turned right for last 2.1 miles to Manvers Boat house. Miles 10-12 were 6:39 & 7:03.

Last 1.1miles I tried to catch the guy 300mtr in front but I couldn’t find the pace to catch him. Down the hill and we were into Manvers. I started to catch the guy in front but could feel I didn’t have the time. I was right.Mile split was 6:39 & 0.1mile time was 42 secs.

I finished in 1hr 27min 44secs. A new PB by over 3min, First time under 1h 30min But I feel disappointed I didn’t go under 1hr 25min but that can wait till the (easier?) Sheffield half marathon.

Anyway, Tired, Bye for Now.

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”
George Sheehan
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