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In 2002 i ruptured my ACL and MCL playing football and was told i would not be having an op on the NHS and could never play again (along with many other things!)... After doing some freeride / downhill MTB'ing for a couple of years, I starting to swim again in August 07 and thought, i cycle, i swim...all i need to do is run a about earning a little money for charity and sign up for the London Oly! I went on to enjoy my first season in tri so much I have done a 2nd, gone sub 2:30 for an Olympic distance got round an ironman and am still going!
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Tonbridge Half Marathon 25/09/2011
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:43 am hammerer
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I had a chose either go back spend close to £50 and run around Woolwich again or £15 and a shortish drive to run a tough hilly course in beautiful countryside...well the second option won and I got myself into the Tonbridge half marathon, which was an assault on a sub 2. With a PB of 2:07 this was going to be tough but I should have it in me so the plan was set. I had planned and even semi tapered into the race after not being able to make the Dorney Lake tri the weekend before. Iíve been running more regular of late so felt good, and eves stuck the Garmin on and was preparing to run to pace and/or heart rate if I needed to keep myself in check. Virtual Training partner was set up at 9min /miles which would get me under with time to spare, but I knew holding 9min/miles on a tough course would mean some very hard miles and some easier, so decided to play it a bit by ear also.

I lined up and Dame Kelly kicked the race off at 10am and 820 runners set off for the first downhill mile. I kept this steady but H/R was already up at 162BPM which is just below threshold. The first mile was fairly straightforward and I heard the beep at the 1 mile mark and had gone though in 8:33. A good start and gives me some time to play with, but I knew I had to run back up this hill at the end!. Once out into the lanes then the real course began and it was tough. It was up or down, but seemed to be long steep ups and short very steep down. The mind was playing some tricks but it was hard work. The next 3 miles continued going up and down when I got chatting to a guy whose son was a triathlete who had raced Henley the week before. He was a veteran marathon runner with 199 to his name and the big 200 coming up in Athens. This was his big warm up and he was also pacing 9min miles for a sub 2hr run. Nice some company! The next miles went by in 9:03 8:44 9:09 and 9:12 so you can tell which was the downhill mile Wink The race then flattened out a little and I started to drop ďdickĒ. He said he would see me at the finish! I managed to keep pace and went through half way in 59:44, so still on course for my sub 2hrs. The race was still undulating at this point but was the easiest part but I started to lose pace around 7 miles as I seem to do and the next 3 miles were about keeping the effort up and not losing too much time At mile 9 I needed to stop for a pee and Dick caught me up again! We noticed that we had a little under 40minutes to get round and kept pace. The final 3 miles were almost the reverse of the first 3, with a small deviation of route towards the finish, and were very hard. You know youíve got to hold 9min miles, but when the hills are there and the legs donít want to keep moving, itís very hard. I kept battling helped by my running partner and with a 9:50 9:01 and 8:51 we turned into the final uphill slog to the finish. I could see the time on the race clock ticking down, and for some reason I forgot about chip time and thought ďno, Iíve got to sprint. I had around 200 meters to go whilst looking at the race clock ticking down, 40, 41, 42 then 50, 51, 52...Iím not going to do it, dig deep, 54, 55, 56 and I crossed the line with 1:59:58 on the clock. I nearly dropped to the floor before checking the garmin to see 1:59:33....What a tool I was Wink I donít think I have hurt as much as I did in that last 3 miles. The effort to keep going up hill above threshold just to hold 9min miles was immense. To top it all off when there was nothing left I had to sprint seeing that clock ticking down...the heart pounding at a new max HR of 188BPM, and the head thinking oh no please donít do 2hrs dead. To cross that line and meet that goal was one of the best feelings Iíve had in sport...finishing Ironman was great but to set a goal, make a plan and execute it to perfection on a brutal course was so satisfying. AND I finished in the top half of the field. The first time ever in a run! The winner only went 1:15 showing how tough a day it was out there!

Now to find a flat course and go sub 1:45, holding 8min/miles

1st Half 58:53
2nd half 1:00:40
Total 1:59:33 384/819 (finishers)

Average HR 169 (threshold 164 max 188)

~   Last edited by hammerer on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:19 am; edited 1 time in total
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:24 pm BackMarker
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Great Effort Carl.

Looks like your running is really coming on. Should make the XC that little bit more enjoyable for you!

Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:55 pm sooooooooz
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The last 3 miles are always where you need to concentrate and work hard.....I remember going sub 2hrs for 1st time..and it took another few races to go'll get there Smile
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