Yesterday I was planning on running an 8k with my friend but decided to try and run a half marathon instead. I figured that I would need to run at least 10k before I met up with her, then run 8k with her and make up the rest on the way home.
This all turned out to be a very very bad idea!!
The run started off great and I took 3 energy gels with me to take at 5k, 10k and 15k. I ran down to the beach and along it and then up to the metro station where I was meeting my friend. The problem was that to run at least 10k before I met up with her I had to run a little faster than I normally would for a half marathon. I was running a pace of around 5:30.
I got to the meeting place 5 minutes early and stood waiting for my friend. I should have at least walked around a little to stop my calves from getting sore. By now I had run 11k.
I ran the 8k with my friend at a much slower pace of around 6:00 and I was dying. My calves were so sore! I still managed to finish the 8k and said goodbye to my friend. So now I'm up 19k.
I decide to run a couple of metro stops which should take me up to my half marathon goal. Unfortunately I'm running into the wind! I am about dead by now and have to throw in a walk every 300 metres!! This is insane I'm thinking. Once I hit 20k I turned around and had the wind help me back to the metro station :-)
I did it though! Another half marathon under my belt. I actually ran it only 2 minutes slower than my best race time!! I was not expecting that as this had been the hardest half marathon I had ever run.
Moral of the story:- Stick to what I know best EVEN SPLITS!!!