Contenders ready. Gladiators ready.

So the first event of the year is just around the corner, in fact it is this weekend.

It’s not an ‘A’ race but (for me) it is a very very important ‘B’ race. It will be a key marker to see where my fitness is at and more importantly, how my running has come on over the past two years.

I am doing the Dorney Lakes ‘Race your Pace’ half marathon. I have done this event several times before. The first time in 2012 I finished in 2 hours 8 minutes, the following year was 2 hours and 1 minute (which is still my current PB), last year I finished in 2 hours and 7 minutes. But last year was a bit of a curve ball because A) I was ill for a lot of the winter and hardly trained from November – January and B) In view of a) I was using the event to practice pacing myself for a marathon, so I ran slow for the first half of the event.

So I haven’t run a fresh half marathon in anger, for two years. So this will be a key indicator of progress.  Training is going very well. In the past 5 weeks I have run 189k an average of 38K per week, some weeks hitting 52K of running. I have also run 4 long training runs each of which were more than half marathon in distance, in the past three weeks.

This running volume is in addition to 18 and a half hours of cycling (and 12 hours of Yoga).

So I am as physically prepared as I could be. How I get on the weekend is going to be down to two things 1) my ability to pace the run correctly (and not go too hard too soon) and 2) being mentally ready to push it when needed.

So what would be a realistic time? Well my friends that is the question . . .

2 minutes off of my current PB is the minimum I will accept.

3 – 4 minutes off my current PB would be ideal.

5 minutes off would a dream come true.

Anything less than 1 hour 55 minutes – I am turning professional!

Thanks for reading.

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