I thought I might as well do my training run in another run so made a plea to a few friends if they knew any races on the 27th. I found out that Daz was running the Stratford half and enquired. Thanks to him and his friend Laura they managed to sort getting me a place as she knew somebody who could no longer run, so thank you both! We arrived around 8am for a 9am start, collected my number and got ready. The atmosphere was good and there were quite a few more runners than I expected.
The race started and I ran the first 3 mile with Daz. The 1st mile was a dodging exercise and the next 2 we picked up the pace a bit. At 3 mile I told Daz to crack on as I had a touch of the David Haye (A toe problem that affected my performance and pain levels) Daz is also “The fastest Shabba” so was great to run a bit of a race with him as he’s usually in the distance (as he was for the rest of the race).
I enjoyed the race it was a nice place but it was at around 7 miles I was getting quite a bit of aggro from the toe and I had probably slowed to about 1 hour 40 minute pace. It was a choice, either stop and walk or pick the pace up run faster and get the uncomfortable yet not too bad pain over with quicker. For those who know me as this is a charity challenge stopping to walk was not an option. I settled into a slightly quicker pace and was keen to get the race done with!
I finished the race in around 1 hour 31. I forgot to stop my Garmin until after collecting my medal, drink and banana at 1.32.12 so was just slightly under I presume. Official time will follow when available.
I met up with Daz shortly after who had come 3rd fastest (lady) well done Daz! (This was as he acquired his number the same way as me).This was a first for him as I don’t doubt being driven home the wrong way up a one way system by myself was!
I was also very pleased that I have made better than expected progress towards my challenge of 20 plus official races in a year as I had made 10 and half way by April 27th.
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