Broadland Half Marathon – More Race Gear!

Ellen, raced the Broadlands Half Marathon in mid March, here is what she has to say about her race.

“Keeping on the theme of gear, for a road half marathon last weekend in preparation for the London Marathon, I decided to try wearing lightweight racing shoes – something I had previously dismissed due to the improbably large number of trainers which already attract comment from unsuspecting visitors tripping over them on the way in to our home.  I lined up on a narrow country lane to the East of Norwich for a great event organised by Norwich Road Runners, through countryside and flint churches so beautiful I found myself regretting the lack of a camera and time to use it…  Although Aussies might struggle to believe it, with spring on its way, I even caught the sun.  Cheerful support in the villages along the way had an amusing effect on a few male runners who took a while to admit to being overtaken.  In such pleasant surroundings, I was able to keep to Tongy’s advice on pacing and ran comfortably, speeding up towards the finish and feeling very light footed in the new trainers!  Glad to say this enabled me to take home an embarrassingly huge trophy, especially when being made to drink out of it in the evening.”

Well done to Ellen, we had previously discussed a pacing strategy, to start the first half at marathon pace and speed up to half marathon pace. The race plan was executed to perfection and what Ellen fails to mention (minor details?) is yes she did take home a huge trophy as she was first female overall, she broke the course record (again!)  in 1:25:06 and was 16th overall, so more than a few males would have been overtaken. Well done to Ellen on another great race performance, we are now gearing up for the final preparations for the London Marathon.

“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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March 2010

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