I DID IT!!!! I BLOODY WELL DID IT!
2 hours, 15 minutes. Only 5 minutes off my pace 🙂
Here is the route according to my Garmin – though please forgive it for losing signal and missing bits of the journey – but this gives you an idea of what I did.
First and foremost – thanks to Dave and Christy put the Saturday night carb fest and for breakfast and a lift to Watford 🙂 Thanks also to Kate for getting up after a hen night to be there at the start and thanks to Vicki to turning up, cheering and taking photo’s! What a support team.
Talking of photos – you can see them all here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/steveslaw/sets/72157623249452055/
As you know, I had been a little apprehensive about the run – it was so important to me to finish in a good time, as failure on this run would have put me on a real downer for my the London Marathon in only 10 weeks! I was determined to succeed..
The course was ‘undulating’ – which means fairly flat with a couple of MASSIVE hills followed by some small ones to keep you out of breath. OK, maybe MASSIVE would be an exaggeration, but they were bigger than I liked!
I kept good to my pace (10 minute miles) up until the hills started for real at about 5.5 miles – then I started to lose a little time – but all in all I only came in 5 minutes past my target so I cant be too unhappy about that.
One thing that made me chuckle most of the way round was a speed walker that I just couldn’t catch up with! This is the fella http://www.flickr.com/photos/42run/4339300800/in/photostream/ and my hat is off to him. I eventually caught up with him and passed him on my sprint finish but he was generally about 10-20 meters in front of me for most of the 13 miles! That man can walk fast!
So – now to train for the Tunbridge Wells half marathon on the 28th Feb – which is ALL HILLS 😦 Onwards and upwards!