This pretty much sums up my year, a photo taken immediately after my first half marathon. I was so tired and didn’t know where I was, a good reflection on my architecture training again.
My first half marathon, my second only race, the 2011 Bupa Great Birmingham Run (Half Marathon) was a challenge. I struggled at around 8 miles for the rest of the run but I shall talk about that in a minute, previous to that it was the greatest and hardest experience of my life. I loved every second of it though.
Starting with 15,000 people there was a buzz, doing the communal warm-ups before we were called to the front, through a squeezing barrier and then we were off. Running down part of Broadstreet, through the back of the bull ring, into Digbeth and out onto the Pershore road. This was one long road, lots of lovely noise provided by bands until we got to chocolate production heaven that is Cadbury on the other side. Round Bournville which looked for all intense and purpose like the whole suburb had come out to the support us runners (I love Bournville) at this point I was overtaken by two people dressed as elvis which was a little shock. Down from Bournville back on to the Pershore road, passed the halfway stage. This was all fine, I was in a rhythm and then a massive stabbing pain at mile 8 hit me I ground to a halt.
My chest had a massive stabbing pain across it, I decided it was best to walk and see whats what, eventually it subsided and I could run about 400metres without it hurting then I would have to stop. I had to the do this until the very end of the race. Until I got to the last mile and then I decided to just run the whole lot, by the end I was in agony, I was crying with pain my chest was hurting so much but I got through it and I felt better for it (Once I had recovered!.)
I will be back next year, fit and healthy! (hopefully.)
From my target of £200 – I have reached nearly £390 for the Alzheimer’s Society and I am overwhelmed by the amount. Thank you to everyone! I would like to make it £400 just to round it off nicely – please donate: http://www.justgiving.com/Ross-Hetherington
This was my first ever run and it was somewhat of a shock to the system. I started near the front of the group with the slightly mental people who run like a stabbed rat into the distance, so that caused me to start a bit faster than I was comfortable with. I reduced my speed a little and got into a comfortable rhythm and was on pace to do a 50minute 10km but then a second hill killed me off. I took on too much water and it destroyed my stomach and I basically crawled the second 10km. It was an important lesson for the half marathon in front of me but it broke my duck at races.
“Run like hell and get the agony over with.”
Please support my first half marathon at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run (Half Marathon) on the 23rd October 2011. Sponsoring as little as a pound would be a great help to the Alzheimer’s Society (sorry to sound very Children in Need all of a sudden.)
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After reaching 10 miles in my running, I thought it was time to upgrade my cheapy running shoes that have given me hip and knee injuries and try a properly fitted running shoe from a professional shop. Yes, you pay more for the running shoe but the advice and selection of the shoe is great.
I went to Up and Running in Birmingham, a small chin of shops that was above an Evans Cycles. All the staff were friendly and got me up and running (no pun intended) very quickly. Over the next half hour, they had me running up and down a Birmingham street in jeans and a polo shirt like a complete birk, but it was worth it as I can see a future where most of my pain will wash away with my new shoes – Brooks Defyance 4.
These shoes felt great out of 5 pairs of shoes in the store, they have padding but are much shofter than comparable shoes from Asics. Whilst on my mini birk run around Birmingham they hugged my shoes nicely, downhills were a particular delicious notion as the shoes provided all the padding I needed for my feet to stop the slapping feeling of downhills. I shall do a proper review once they are broken in.
I penned a route around Redditch that amounted to 15km, this is what I wanted to run as my long run. Run Keeper gave me a happy prediction about the level of hills on the run and looked quite flat, this is shown below.
What the run actually turned out to be…..
Idiots….. 15km of hilly death….
I have started throwing in a few long hills into my training, they are agony and slow you down to a crawl but as soon as you go over the crest of the hill the pain goes and the legs feel great there on. This loop is part of my hard hill session and will form the bulk of the mid-week runs to try and concour hills and keep improving my flat 5k time.
Next week I start my first hill interval session. Essentially you run a 10-15min warm up run and then run up a hard hill of over 30metres long at a fast pace over and over for 5 times. This is absolutely excruciating but it is beneficial to boost your leg muscle power.