Lockdown half marathon #6

in EXHAUST2 months ago

I just finished a 24.014km running that lasted about 2hh:19mm:49ss !

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Since May I have set myself a goal of running a half marathon each month. It is almost exactly a monbth since the last one. I was not sure if I would be up to is as my back has not been quite right this week. It is not painful, but just felt like I had been lying wrong in bed. I thought I would give it a go and turn back if it hurt. It was a good morning for it, cool, but dry. I opted to run the Letchworth Greenway again. This does mean going a little further, but I thought I could handle that.

I went clockwise this time, so it was out through Stotfold to pick up the track. As I did that there were a couple of ladies out for a gentle cycle ride. I overtook them and left them behind. Then I caught up with a couple of lady runners and went past them too. I do not aim to race anyone, but I will go with my comfortable pace and do not want to be stuck behind anyone. The pace was nothing special today, but that is okay. Anything around two hours is fine by me.

The Greenway was fairly busy with runners, cyclists and walkers. It is a nice resource for those activities as you can mostly avoid roads. I wonder how many go all the way around. I noticed one section had been resurfaced since I was last there. I think it was there that I had the first of two close encounters with a squirrel. Both ran out right in front of me and I felt like I almost trod on one.

The paths were not really muddy apart from a few patches. There are a few hills to climb, but I kept going up those.

By about 18km my legs were really feeling it, but I pushed on. Eventually I left the Greenway to head home. That is a long stretch by a road that seemed to go on forever. Along there a guy came storming past me and I was not going to chase him. Coming through Fairfield I was flagging and on the way down West Drive I decided to walk and stop the watch as I passed 24km. That seems to be about my limit. I did manage a gently job for some of the rest of the way home. I feel shattered now, but better after a shower and some coffee. I will need a couple of days to recover before I run again.

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Kudos to the half marathon and your effort. It is amazing to see the runs and get motivated by the fellow Hive runners 😇

I do get inspired by other runners here. We each have our own goals.

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A great run, congrats. You are doing excellent.

Ps: i would call it a 24K an dnot a half-marathon :)

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Well the half was what I wanted to achieve and the rest is just extra. With this course it is bound to end up longer unless I find some shortcuts.

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I always liked a good long shower after a long run like that. Then a good stretch and water in front of the TV.

That's six marathons a year 👍👍

Maybe time for a new mattress? People say you should change one like every ten years. Take care Steve

Our mattress is getting on a bit. May be due for a new one. I hope to be able to keep up the monthly runs. I would love to do a marathon, but I am not feeling I could do it yet. Need to keep doing longer runs.

Every day is a good day when you run.
Kevin Nelson

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...and enjoy a good recovery !BEER .

Nice job on the run! I didn't get much exercise this weekend except for Sunday when I mowed the lawn. I had planned on walking with my wife on Saturday, but I got a bit crazy Friday night and had to sleep if off Saturday morning.

I need to cut the grass today. That can be a long walk. Hoping it will settle down for the winter now.


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