A cold day, 8C, cloudy and trying to rain. Ran the Worksop Half with Jeff. It was difficult to decide what to wear, as it was very cold standing around the starting area but I thought I’d warm up quickly on the run. Wore calf guards, lightweight running jacket and carried 2 gels in Hilly waist pack. I got a bit warm after a few miles and unzipped the jacket.
Felt strong for the first half, legs bouncy, enjoying the mostly gentle hills and countryside. It is a brilliant course, very scenic. Had a drink at the three water points and laughed at the sponge station signs at 8 miles. Left knee got a niggle half way through but nothing major. Jeff had a bit of stitch and ankle pain. With a couple of miles left we agreed to keep to a sensible pace and enjoy the run, rather than push it along and chase the clock. A sensible decision, I think, avoiding possible injury. My legs still felt strong towards the end, whereas last year my thighs were suffering at the end.
We’d run this race faster than my recent training pace, which was a challenge and resulted in a raised HR but I kept it going OK. A great run and very pleased to come in close to 2 hours. Maybe we will return again next year…?
Distance: 21.1km (Garmin shows 21.09km)
Time: 2:00:11 (both Garmin and chip time the same)
Avg HR: 159bpm
Avg pace: 5:42 min/km