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.
Not so much a race report but a few notes to reflect on for taking on a very long race.
Last year I dropped out early, this time it was unfinished business!
8 hours to climb a 563m section of a mountain as many times as possible – how bad could that hurt?
A very local race and one I felt I had a chance of winning – could I hold on for the full 6 hours though?