So, the first major milestone of my learn to run campaign went reasonably well.
First half marathon race completed.
I'll take that. First 8miles were easy enough, clipping along steadily enough to have reserve for the second half, unfortunately the lack of sleep/miles bit me about then and I started to go a bit negative. Not massively so and the fasted runs came to my aid and kept me going till mile 11, especially as I'd worked out that I could still go sub 1:40 if I just did 6km in 30 minutes, then 5km in 25:20, then, not long after, the wheels, if not fell off, certainly got well wonky. At 18km I couldn't push and sat up and lost a minute, a minute and a half just cruising. Whether this was mental(the state my quads are in now, says no), or could have been fixed with a carb mouthwash(that wasn't available) or was just a lack of solid base miles, I'll have to work out and fix.
A short sharp hill left me a mile from the end and I'd recovered enough to take myself to the limit for the finish.
I think that is where all the pain in the quads came from...
A thoroughly enjoyable race in sunny autumn conditions with plenty of friends around. A great morning out.
A good feed and a couple of hours kip and I'm nearly human again. I reckon 3-4 days of DOMS in the quads is my due for the effort of red lining that last mile, I'm also starting to feel it kicking in in my lats. Tomorrows recovery swim is going to be fun...and short. Wonderfully, my heel and calves feel fine. I can't express how happy I am about that. Coming off hours of driving too which has always been an agravating factor.
I just registered my interest for Brighton Marathon in April...
Starting to hope for an Iron distance entry this time next year.
It's not what you do occasionally that makes a difference, it's that which you do everyday that brings progress.