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The Bath Half Marathon 2013

The Bath Half Marathon 2013

Yesterday I ran in my second ever Half Marathon, in the beautiful city of Bath. Irina, as many of our readers will know, was unfortunately unable to take part in this event due to injury. I didn’t have the best preparation mileage-wise leading up to this event, but was feeling good and determined to run it for Team PI! Irina came along and offered amazing support, giving me a real boost when I needed it.

We decided to take the train into Bath as it seemed likely to be easier and less stressful than driving in with many thousands of others. Our journey in did prove to be easy and we had plenty of time to get into the runners village, familiarise ourselves with everything and get ready for the start.

The day itself was very cold, and the covering clouds kept it that way for the whole day. Luckily the event organisers informed us via email before the event that if we wanted to wear an old hoodie or fleece top on the start line before the off, then they would be going round and collecting the discarded clothes and passing them on to charities. So I had a 12 (ish) year old hoodie with me for such a ‘donation’! Glad I did, but even so and even in the huge crowd of people, it was still a cold start.

Bath Half 2013 Start Line

Bath Half 2013 Start Line

 

It took a few miles for my legs to fully warm up Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 4 March, 2013 in Injury, Races & Organised Events, Running

 

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20km Training Run & one black toenail!

Today we completed our planned 20km training run in preparation for the Bristol Half Marathon at the end of the month.

As seems to be the usual case now, Paul sets the initial pace, with Irina really getting going after 10k or so, and then Irina pulled Paul home kicking a screaming for the last few kilometers!

We completed the run in 1 hour and 53 minutes, with quite a lot of stops for road crossings and with the usual local hills hurting us! This definitely puts us at the pace we want to run the Half Marathon though, so things are going well.

Recovery was aided with our stretching session followed by an ice/cold bath afterwards. We also drank plenty of water and put some salt back into the system as soon as we got home. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 8 September, 2012 in Injury, Races & Organised Events, Recovery, Running

 

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The furthest I’ve ever run! Half Marathon Training

Today Irina & I ran 16k as part of boosting our training for the Bristol Half Marathon in September. It’s the furthest either of us have ever run!!

We did it in 1:38:34, which is an average pace of 6 minutes 11 seconds per Kilometer. Irina is much stronger than me over longer distances, and came home feeling great… I on the other hand, was hurting a lot more and slowed over the last 2k and finished 5 mins behind! I was very pleased with it later in the day though, and recovered well.

Over the last couple of months we have upped the frequency & distance of our runs. On average we have been running 4k 2-3 times a week with a longer 6-8k run once a week. The more mileage we cover, the easier it is becoming, and we are also learning more about what to eat the days preceding a longer run, and how to help recovery after. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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