Norwich Half Marathon - did you do it?
So yesterday was the big day and I kept pretty quiet about it beforehand. It was probably because I tapered my training a little too soon.
I say tapered. After that 10 mile run past the Sprowston Road burger van nearly three weeks ago, I did a jaunty five miler and that was it.
So come yesterday’s main event, I was a little worried I was underprepared.
As it was, the break did me good. My left knee wasn’t swollen, as it had been during my training. I already had a good few miles under my belt. My fish and chips dinner on Saturday plus early porridge breakfast on the day seemed to do the trick as well.
Sunday was a perfect day for the Norwich Half Marathon. Not too cold and plenty of oxygen in the air, and somehow it didn’t rain at any point during the actual race.
I didn’t really hear the start gun, just someone shout 'go' in a fairly mundane voice. But then I was near the back of the field.
After a gentle first lap with a few leggy strides on the downhill sections, I managed to keep a steady pace all the way round… until less than a mile out, when I realised my pre-race target of beating the two-hour mark was only 90 seconds away.
Even now, I don’t know how I finished so quickly – but it must have been bordering on comical, seeing a man stumbling extremely quickly towards the finishing line.
It was a modest target I guess, but I’m certainly happy with it – although the pain does make you realise how big the challenge of a full marathon is. Do it all again, straight afterwards? Jeez.
There were some sights along the way, including people in cars who probably had to wait three hours before they could leave their driveway as the procession of runners past them by.
And I'm sure someone, somewhere thought I was popping performance enhancing drugs just before the start. They were ibuprofen, I promise.
Other runners here put in some fantastic times, and I have full respect for anyone who completed it. Good work.
I am still hoping to take part in the London Marathon at some point in the future – but I think I’ll give myself a little break from running (and walking, with how my legs feel). Back to the games – snooker, perhaps. Much more my style.
posted on 01 December 2008 12:13 byMichael Bailey - Sportsdesk