What a weekend! The London Landmarks half marathon is a ballot entry event and has around 13,000 runners hit the streets. For me this event wasn’t about attempting a PB but getting some quicker than marathon pace miles in the legs. The main goal was to enjoy the event. What a weekend! The London Landmarks half marathon is a ballot entry event and has around 13,000 runners hit the streets. For me this event wasn’t about attempting a PB but getting some quicker than marathon pace miles in the legs. The main goal was to enjoy the event.
The weather was perfect as I headed towards the start area, my only negative of the event was the start area, it was a bit chaotic. I had already made the decision to drop back to wave 2 so that avoided getting sucked in to running to quick. I met up with Kate who was aiming for a PB.
All of sudden we were off, the first mile was the slowest by far as the crowds of people started their journey to 13.1miles. The course was great,
every mile or so there was a Landmark to look at or a fact about what occurred there. I try to read them all but can I recall any of the info I read? Nope. Not one bit! It was quickly apparently that the support on the course was going to be incredible. There was so many people rocking awesome fancy dress costumes; runners and supporters! I tried to ensure I high fived each child that was lining the route.
The first four miles felt pretty tough for some reason but after that the legs opened up and I felt pretty comfortable throughout.
There route was pretty straight forward and there was no hills to conquer.
Once I got to the 10 mile mark I knew we were on for a big PB for Kate so it was all about digging deep and seeing what we could achieve. The crowds
began to grow as we approached the 11th mile and the noise was intense. It was now just about working hard and finishing strong. I pushed on slightly, hoping that this would keep the pace as approached the final mile. We both had enough for a sprint finish and clocked 1.37.30.
Overall, its a great event. We ran it well and after some further analysis, I noted that our 5km segments were strong.
10km – 22:13
15km – 22:14
20km – 22:15
Its now time to focus on the big one; Manchester Marathon. Its taper time, time for me to focus and get my head in the game. I can’t wait for it, this may change as the nerves begin to kick in but overall I am ready to run this marathon. From the day I signed upto the marathon, I wrote on my running chalk board my goal. Sub 330. Its going to be a real challenge but one I will give my all to achieve it. The next time I cross the finish line, I will be a marathon runner.
And it was done.