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Brighton Half Marathon

Posted Feb 18 2013 5:59am
Happy Monday all!

I owe you a proper race recap but I'm just not feeling the computer-love today. So instead, briefly, here are the essentials:

Race: Ten and a half thousand runners, crowded!

Atmosphere: Absolutely amazing!!!! Best race I've ever done in that regard.

Weather: Perfect. Sunny, bright, maybe even a bit too warm for February... 

Goodie bag: Rubbish! Sweatshop plastic bag, three fliers, one bag of crisps, one Mars bar.

Crampage: From mile 10 onwards, both calves, twinge in the hamstring, WTF??

Result: Embarrassingly slow. I tanked it, again (and I use the American meaning of tanked, i.e. bottled it for you Brits...). 2:07:50, still my second fastest HM time, but also 5:30 mins slower than my October time.  Will attempt race-analysis in a later post.

Verdict: Yes, I'm a bit gutted that I screwed up my time again but I just loved running the race in perfect conditions and the beautiful weather, I happily plodded along and that was ok. Yesterday that is. Today I'm getting a bit annoyed with myself. But am trying not to dwell... 

Obligatory pre-race pic

And 13.1 miles later. G, clearly too hot, me, freezing!
 
I wish I could lie and pretend this was my time. But as soon as G realized I was gonna tank it again, he took off (with my blessing) and still managed to get a super-respectable time for a 1st half marathon and zero training!

Medal-beach-shot
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Me and my favorite post-race beverage...
... with a side of burger (beef, I think, not horse!)

How was your weekend? Did you race? How did you do?
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