Steve had an unconventional approach to race preparation as you'll see, but it seemed to work for him. It's possible he's been learning from the Baz Nicholls school of running!
So how did he get on? Here's his report in his own words!
Having recently done the Thorney 10k and very happy with my result and time, I spoke to fellow Shabba and wife Carmel about competing more. So that being said and unbeknown to me I was entered in the Bourne 10k along with mini Shabba and daughter Leah who was doing the 3k fun run. My training was going well and the day before the race I played a 90 minute football match then followed that by attending out teams 'race night'. All thoughts of the run left my head as I drank several pints of lager (unsure of the total amount) and had a 'late night.'
The morning of the run, Carmel woke me up with a cup of coffee and a bowl of porridge (this only ever happens on race day).
We arrived at the woods early to attend registration and for me to try and shift the hangover.
It was whilst I was waiting for the 3k fun run to start that it occurred to me that there were a lot of hills! This was going to go one of two ways, I was either going to wing it somehow or I was going to suffer (not only from the race but from the hands of Carmel after!)
The first part of the race had us running the 3k course that friends and family cheered you through, reality hit when my good friend Nick shouted 'ONLY 7k LEFT TO GO'!. This did not sit well in my hungover state and knowing I had to do the mile hill again was concerning!
As I approached the bottom of the hill again, about 9k in, I heard them all cheering everyone on and it was sheer joy to my heart that I was so close to that finish where they were, or so I thought, I gave it my everything and went for the big finish, to then realise that THEY HAD MOVED FURTHER UP THE COURSE! and left me knackered with 1k to go! It turns out that somehow I managed to pull it out of the bag and run a good race after all despite the hills that Leah had pre-warned me about and I didn't believe her!! and also the warm weather.
The highlights of the day were firstly, and most importantly as always, watching Leah cross the finish line as 4th girl and 18th overall. I also found myself being drawn into the whole racing scene which I had never really experienced for myself but can now understand the 'runners high' that Carmel and Leah always talked about.
I met some lovely people from all different clubs and it was great to see everyone come together and cheer all levels of ability across the line to the very last person. Also it was very humbling even after I'd gone past and completed the race my family and friends stayed put to cheer all the runners on up the 'Hill of death'
My was 47.10 and I placed 30th out of 172 people. I'm extremely happy with this time given the hills and my hangover. It wasn't a PB but not every race will be.
Next is the Milton Keynes NSPCC Half Marathon in July and maybe a few smaller club runs in between.
Fantastic Shabba family - really good to hear all your stories!