My second half marathon

in running •  3 months ago 

I just finished a 21.239km run that lasted about 2hh:4mm:31ss !


This is my first running post using @exhaust. I have been using Actifit, but neglected to make sure it was running on my phone today. This was my second entry in the Greenway Challenge that loops right around #Letchworth Garden City. It is a nice course on good tracks with a few hills and some roads to cross. There are no road closures, but there are marshals around to help you out. There is little in the way of course markers, so runners are provided with a map, but I know the Greenway pretty well as I often cycle parts of it.

I was there in plenty of time to collect my number. It was a sunny morning, but a little cold to start with. It soon warmed up though. The weather this week has been very variable with rain and hail, but we got lucky today. There was little in the way of mud, but a few puddles.

I had been a little concerned that I hurt my back last weekend. I was doing some digging and the next day it started playing up. Not painful, but it did not feel a good idea to bend too much. I was not really able to run for a few days, but more training was not going to make much difference. Last year I foolishly entered a 5km the day before and then cycled to the start, which may have compromised my performance. This time I got a lift. I am not sure I am much fitter than last year, but I am about 8kg lighter.

I took it easy at the start as there are a few pinch points that cause people to bunch up and the first hill comes fairly early on. I settled into a comfortable pace, but was not actually checking my progress. My phone was muted so I would not get updates every kilometre. I found people I thought I could keep up with. There was one guy a few years older than me who I ran with at times. I left him fairly early, but he caught me up and finished just ahead of me. I definitely slowed in the later stages and the Endomondo stats confirm this. I was doing about 5:40/km or less early on and nearer 6:00/km in the last 7km. It averaged out okay and I knocked seven minutes off my previous official time.

I managed a bit of a spurt in the last stretch around Standalone Farm, but had nothing left once I crossed the line. I had been feeling a little discomfort in my hips at times, but kept running all the way.

Finishers get a hot drink and a slice of cake from a huge selection. Thanks to North Herts Road Runners for another great event.

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Nice work, @steevc! Those are some pretty legitimate hills to contend with!

That's an awesome result, congratulations and hope you recover well.

@bingbabe's first half-marathon was 1:59:xx so you are close to her's. I guess from what you told me earlier that is the new target. It's very achievable with what I'm seeing.

Just don't wait over 20 years or so for your next go, or I might have to take back that comment. :)

Bing is pretty quick for a lady, but then she seems to really put in the training. This run left me pretty drained and it's hard to imagine running twice that distance. I may look at doing other half marathons as well as some shorter events. It's all fun.

Wow, congrats, that is quite the accomplishment. That is awesome that you were able to improve on your time. I know what you mean about that feeling after you had been digging the day before. I get that from time to time too and I know something isn't quite right. It usually takes care of itself eventually, but sometimes I have to visit the chiropractor.

I've had a few back issues, but this one did not feel too bad. I think I still have some potential to improve my running.

I'm trying out the Exhaust dapp. There was an issue with this post, which is why it's late, but they helped me resolve it.

You have uploaded 1 running activities, and 1 of them have been of similar distances (within 10 percent)!
Here are your 5-fastest running activities of a similar distance:

Over these 1 similar activities, you have travelled approximately 21.24 kms at an average pace of roughly 5:51 min/km!
Your latest run was at a pace of approximately 5:51min/km!
Looks like you went a bit slower this time! Remember that it's important to take some rest days, and do some rehab / prehab / strength and conditioning training too!

Well done! You finished around 4 minutes faster than my best time 😉 Don't know what the @exhaust project is... will check it thow! Any thoughts about it? Congrats again!

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Cheers. I'm happy to improve. Just have to suffer the after-effects for a few days.

Exhaust has great potential, but I think it's just the one developer who has to sort out any issues. Looks like they fixed a few things after I reported them.

Cool, congratulations!

Do all the marathons in your area end with hot drinks and cake? I have noticed the ones around here, and others in the US that I have heard about, end with a beer.

I've not done other long races. The 10km I've done gives you a banana. I'm happy with anything I can get when I finish.

Well done mate! Next target must be below 2h!!! 😉

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That feels achievable, but I need to recover for a while first.

Good effort, with 7 mins off the time then sub 2 hours is defo on the cards for the next one.

Looks like a nice route!

Definitely nicer than pounding roads all that way. I need to work on my stamina and speed, but it's coming along.

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