Analysis and moving forward

A week has gone by since Cardiff and as you can imagine, I have spent a huge amount of time (two-hour drive to Falmouth helped this) going over what happened at Cardiff and how to improve the next half marathon experience which is looming in a weeks time.

This is what I have come up with

  • Scrap the first two miles at a good pace plan (aka going out too quick!)
  • Do not try for a PB at parkrun a week before – that was today and I didn’t and didn’t despite the new runner friendly route which has removed TWO hills
  • Rest, all training is done, just rest – tomorrow I shall not be running, gently trot Monday and Wednesday planned and maybe a swim
  • Get to the race start at five to 9 to avoid the pre run emotions that I get, being a local run I can sit in the car till kick off and chill. An anti-social start, but necessary.

This afternoon I spent sometime catching up on reading running magazines and came across this in Runner’s World magazine

‘Don’t base your happiness on your finishing time’

So very apt.

I then went on to study the Cardiff Half Stats.

I discovered I came 95th in my old ladies category, that’s 95th out of almost 500 old ladies.

I discovered I came 1852 female, that’s  out of 7103.

I discovered I came 7285 overall, out of 16114.

So right now I am not basing my happiness on last weeks finishing time, but on coming in the top fifth of old ladies! Not bad, not bad at all.

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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9 Responses to Analysis and moving forward

  1. Agreed*. Well done old gal! 😉

    *Especially the bit about deliberately going out too fast to get some ‘time in the bank’. Never a good plan.

  2. runtezza says:

    Well done on your stats from Cardiff. Interesting reflections on how long to stay in the car next time. I usually spend the immediate run up to a race worrying about the loo queue. On the start line (actually some way behind it) I tend to get emotional about being part of a magnificent display of human irrationality – always a source of strength for me. Hope you have a great run!

  3. Go us old ladies! Very well done Shaz xxx

  4. winsometahn says:

    They are some impressive stats! And that is a very good quote. Good luck for your next race.

  5. CeeJayKay says:

    Bloody wow man!!!! You are a totally inspiring… I am totally in awe of your efforts, results, perseverance etc etc… Going back to read this for more inspiration 🙂
    X X X

  6. We all suffer that going off too quick syndrome…. If only I had read this before Sunday!

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