Happy bank holiday everyone!
I love races. They give me something to focus on, and above all, remind me that I am better than I think I am. I can always smash my training times when I am racing. There is just something about the group pace which makes it feel a lot easier, and the crowd really motivates me. Obviously, the feeling of getting a new PB is pretty good too….fingers crossed this happens for my half marathon time this year. I would be so happy to do it in under 1hr40mins.
It’s now only six weeks until the Summer Breeze Half Marathon that I am signed up to do. It’s an unusual proposition; a Saturday race starting at 4.30pm! The appeal is clear to me; no early start. I always run better in the afternoons, having had more time to wake up and fuel up. To realistically eat (and digest) as much as I’d like to for a 9am race, I would need to get up at 5am which I find really painful.
The course is entirely off road, and involves two laps. I have never done a race where the route repeats itself, and I think it will be mentally difficult. That said, it will be unusual terrain for me, and I love Wimbledon common, but rarely run there, so I think the course will keep me entertained.
The only downside for me will be if it’s too hot. I don’t cope well with running in the heat, but it’s a risk I am prepared to take for a lie in!
Some friends of ours will be there too, either running or supporting, so it feels like the perfect opportunity for a pre-race picnic! I am hopeful of a post-race glass of wine somewhere too.
The only other race I have signed up for is the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in October, which I got a ballot place for. I’ve done this race three times, and love it! The atmosphere is fantastic, the run over Westminster Bridge and along embankment is very cool, and a lot of people I know run it so we normally go for sweaty brunch afterwards.
I find the zig-zagging around Hyde Park a bit difficult – the path becomes quite narrow in places, and you often run to a point, turn round, and run back again. That said, the route will apparently be vastly different this year due to the East-West cycle path construction, so it hasn’t yet been announced.
It is THE London half marathon, and I am happy to have a place.
Two races doesn’t seem like enough for the year, so I might take some time this weekend to sign up for a few more. Any suggestions?
What’s your favourite race?
How many races are you doing in 2015?