Not exactly the return to ultra running I had hoped for at the Pennine Barrier 50 miler this weekend.
A trot around the WRU route in the middle of summer instead of winter seemed a good idea. The weather still took its toll though.
Another massive disappointment chasing 2:45 and perhaps time for some honest reflection on my training and goals.
4 hours climbing a 3km / 1750ft section of mountain hurts, especially when for a second year in a row your efforts pale into insignificance among the local mountain runners.
I had plans, I had a tough but hopefully attainable goal of 2:45 and I’d put together a decent block of 16 weeks of training but ultimately you can’t deal with illness out of the blue two days before your race.
I’m keeping this one short. It’s a hard race, the weather was appalling with rain and a weird heavy snow squall halfway round and it was cold.
I’ve never raced a road half so I wanted to make sure I put in a good effort as part of my buildup for Paris Marathon.
Last year I ran a massive PB and went well under 35 minutes and I felt I was in potentially similar shape this time but it didn’t quite happen despite doing more speed-work in the buildup.
After a summer of injury I managed to make the start line fixed but unfit and ready to take on the 60.
Not so much a race report but a few notes to reflect on for taking on a very long race.