I ran my first ever half marathon!!! Vienna City Marathon.
This did seem like a pretty rash idea when I entered a few months ago (under pressure from work friends who I am at a conference with) because I knew that I would be tired from the O camp and races last week. I also did pretty much no suitable training and had a cold most of the last 2 months, and my longest run this year was about 14km. Yesterday I was really wishing I was elsewhere and considering missing it. Also my preparation on the day was hopeless, I couldn't find anywhere open for breakfast this morning so had three small jam filled doughnut balls 30mins before the start, so even at the start I was very apprehensive about it.
But it went well! I had no goals and didn't know what to expect because in my last proper training run even hitting 5m/k was hard. I just wanted to run at a constant pace and be strong enough at the end to still be pushing. In the first few km's I though 5:30 m/k average would be ok, set teh expectations low so as not to be disappointed. Then found running just over 5m/k was comfortable enough and gradually shifted my goal to 1h45. The kilometers really just slipped by, suddenly 10km was done, legs just started feeling tired at 14km but then it was home stretch and I managed to increase the pace for the last few km's and snuck in under 1:45.
Cadence 80-85 not bad, was trying to keep it high.
The only unpleasant moment was getting a really bad chest/back/side stitch/cramp, partly from carrying my heavy bags yesterday and partly from my sore rib. I had to stop to stretch it a couple of times. Right knee was a little achey at the start and right at the end coming down a hill into a cold wind.
Otherwise I felt quite good and enjoyed it more than I expected. Vienna is grand and amazing and the atmosphere was pretty cool! Enjoyed watching the marathon finishers after my race, first the top ones and all the way down to the stragglers. Never thought I would want to do a marathon but today I was tempted, 21km seemed to fly by and that was without training properly..
Now i'm tired and have a headache..
Also, I can't deal with being in category W30, I'm not 30 yet!!!