Half marathon number 2 in the bag. This one just under 1 hour 57 which is way beyond my expectations. On Sunday 10th April, Jon and I took part in the second Jayne Tomlinson Sheffeld half marathon. 13.1 miles of hard graft. The course goes through an urban stretch of the City then climbs into the beautiful Peak District before falling back to the City and the much awaited finish.
Training has been minimal really with one short run (3-4 miles) mid week and one longer (8-10 miles) on a Sunday. Although I have done 10ks before this step up to the half marathon distance has been a challenge.
For this race I had only once taken on the Hill – a nearly 4 mile slog from 200 to over 1000ft elevation along a Roman road that just seems to never end. On the trial run I clocked up 10-10.5 mins permits and felt like was flying. I felt light on my feet (after the hill) and full of running. The same could not be said on race day. I did not sleep the night before due to nerves and with the run being at 09.30 my uncooperative lower back had not warmed up fully. That said the first two miles were in the low 8s which is good for me and the hill was taken in at a 10 or below pace that I am very happy with.
On the way down I managed two of my fastest miles ever at sub 8 mins and although the last mile and a half felt like scaling Everest I was really happy with my sub 2 hour time.
I think I may have been bitten by the running bug or at least the race bug. What a sense of achievement as soon as you cross the line the hardwork forgotten except for the aches and pains.
My supplementation for running differs only a little from my usual regime with a little more emphasis on Extreme Carbs which are a handy, easily mixed source of high quality carbohydrates essential for stamina and endurance. I start the day with a cereal Pro6 combo to aid my nutritional plan and aid a healthy diet aimed at maintaining a lean, toned physique. For its fat burning attributes I add in Extreme CLA and to provide that additional support
Through my training Extreme glutamine.
For mental support and motivation there is nothing better than Evolution Gym, Sheffield. The gym is like a second home and offers excellent support snd guidance on whichever sport or activity you choose.
Next goal Yorkshire Three peaks Charity hike.