The Great West Run Part Three.

The runs I have done since VLM, have been just that, runs, not races I like to refer to them as events, more challenges to my mind and body.

Today however was a race. The third time of doing The Great West Run. I was nervous and did not sleep, I knew this was because this one ‘mattered’. It mattered to me, I wanted a better time, I was worried it was going to elude me.

I had been weather watching all week. Yesterday they were saying, torrential rains, high winds and lightning! This was not helping my nerves. All night I could hear the rain and the wind blowing, but fortunately the BBC got it wrong and come 9 am the rain had cleared, and the sky was blue.

The club had lots of runners doing this half marathon also, we chatted nervously at the start.

I struggled with my mind on this one. Having team mates who were meant to be running a slower pace than me (they said) messed with my mind. Run your own race Shaz, I kept telling myself, keep the pace steady. It was warm in the sun and very humid. Keep in the shade Shaz. The constant undulations played havoc with any ideas I had with keeping a pace. Run to how you feel Shaz. Give it some effort on the downs, while you can Shaz. Seeing the 2 hour pacer run off in to the distance, well that was tough seriously is a 2 hour pacer not meant to get in at 2 hours not under two hours? Get up this hill Shaz and then it is all down hill to the finish, to your girls and a bottle of diet coke, look at the time you can do this.

And you know what I did it. 3mins 28 second PB on this course (not a half marathon PB though sadly). I had forgotten how tough it is, I must remember that for next year and opt for the flatter Cardiff one. I remembered the big hill, but forgot the undulations all the way round. It nearly broke me, but I won in the end.


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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6 Responses to The Great West Run Part Three.

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    SEE! you just have to BELIEVE it! You have worked so hard this WHOLE year! ENJOY the rewards hunny! you SO DESERVE them… and if the aliens had anything to do with it… buy them a beer girl and then send the buggers up North! *winks*
    Seriously though!!!! BLOODY WELL DONE YOU!!! so proud of you!

  2. CeeJayKay says:

    Nothing great comes easy!

  3. Wow! Well done Shaz, that is an awesome result!!!

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