Silverstone Half Marathon 2016

The Silverstone Half remains unfinished business as I lie here tonight. I ran really well for the first half of the race or so but I wasn’t able to sustain it and actually due to unexpected knee issues I slowed up dramatically in the second half of the race.

I set out with the 1:58 pace running group which was probably best described as comfortably hard. A challenge but I was able to hold the pace. Problems soon came up. Now I don’t know if there were more people in the group than they were expecting but it quickly became clear that around tight corners and narrowing roads (both of which occur pretty frequently around Silverstone) it became hard to run – having to walk a couple of times – and when the track opens up again you find yourself 20 metres further back from the pacer runner than before the corner.  It just made the experience much harder.

The next problem was indirectly caused by the same issue and partly by my own impatience. Heading onto the old pit straight I lost ground as the path narrowed heading into the pits. Then when trying to retain that ground I tried to overtake a few people at the back of the group. Then one ran across a tall road cone to avoid it. I tried to follow, caught my mp3 player cable in the code which made my mp3 player to flying.

In a split second I had to decide whether to abandon it or go back. I decided to go back as we were so early in the event. I ran back a short distance, found it and regained my place in the group within a mile or so. All in all it was annoying but probably no worse than that.

My problems started around half distance. I had found holding onto the group pretty tough but around 9.5km I found my knee starting to hurt. So I decided to leave my pacer group and just walk to rest up a bit. My knee eased when walking but I can’t say it really improved. The pain was really quite severe and quite unexpected too. So pretty much the whole remainder of the race I ran as long as I could take the pain, then walked for a bit to rest up.

And that was that really. I ran/walked the rest of the event and I ended up finishing with an unofficial 2:17:21. Not at all what I was hoping for but it was a finish and at the end of it all I’m still looking forward to being back next year. After a better period of training preferably!

A little setback

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted properly and it’s really not been a great couple of weeks. I had started building up the distance again aiming for Silverstone next weekend but had been slightly thrown off by a minor cold then not long after getting over that one I got a much heavier cold which I’m really only just shaking off.

The weekend after the QEOP 10k, I thought I’d start on proper marathon route familiarisation. So I ran what is essentially the fourth leg of the relay event, which the Parkrun course added to the end of it. It added up to a half decent 12k. The week after that I was suffering a little with a cold.

After the first cold I felt well enough to get back to parkrun the following Saturday. I had a go at #21 and got a time in the low 26 mins which was fine, although the rest of the day it felt like the effort took a lot out of me. I felt better the next morning and put in a strong 10mile run. Then throughout the rest of the day and for much of the following week I felt worse and worse.

So a week’s training has been lost just when I’d be doing the longest runs to prepare for the Half. It’s only today I’ve got back to it running a reasonable 4k after work. I guess I’ll have another run this midweek and maybe 10k at the weekend.

Then we’ll firmly be on the build up to Silverstone 2016. Getting a little bit excited now but I do wish I’d been able to train a little better. I’m sure all will be well on the day.