Road Running 5:58  0.71 mi (8:24 / mi) +5m 8:13 / mi
shoes: Asics Gel Hyperspeed
Massive toilet queue meant not very much time for a warm up. Very glad I'd already gotten out before the drive and felt ok after just a little bit of jogging
Road Running race (Alloa Half Marathon- 10th) 1:14:07  13.15 mi (5:38 / mi) +133m 5:28 / mi
shoes: Asics Gel Hyperspeed
Alloa Half Marathon. Have been looking forward to this for a while and was disappointed to not get to run last year when it was cancelled. Aim was sub 75 since its a nice round number and seemed achievable.
Got a nice spot right at the front on the start line but lots of people came past straight away. Pace seemed fast so was happy to let them go. First few miles were very easy and was running with people. Was moving a bit faster than I'd planned to but it felt pretty easy so I decided it was probably fine.
As we hit the hillfoots road at about 6 miles I found myself on my own with the next group a couple of hundred metres ahead and another group a bit behind. Thankfully conditions were great so I was fairly happy to run by myself and enjoyed this section a lot. Everything had felt quite chilled out up to now so I was wondering if maybe I should have gone with the pace earlier to be with a group. Felt the first signs of tiredness at the turn on a wee out and back at 8 miles so was glad I'd done my own thing. Still moving well but definitely feeling like harder work as I left the hillfoots road at 9 miles.
I'd heard a lot of chat about a massive hill after 10 miles so wasn't entirely sure what to expect. In the end it wasn't that bad. Got a little carried away at first as I reeled in a straggler who'd dropped off the next group and had to make myself ease off since there was a long way to go after. The big hill was alright but a little after there was a more gradual and longer uphill that I found a bit harder. Suffering a fair bit by this point but the pace was still fairly good. Got up to another couple of guys who then just eased away after I caught them. Pushing well into town but everything was hurting a lot. Managed to muster a bit of a "sprint" for the line to get one of the guys who'd gotten away.
Super pleased with 10th and a good time. Wasn't entirely sure it was possible given the less than consistent training over the last 6 months or so and I've only gone over 50 miles in a week a handful of times in 2019. A reasonable number of good sessions done despite the mileage not really being there and I guess a decent base from all the tempo stuff I did over Summer helped.
Knackered afterwards. Both calfs slightly wrecked from my longest run ever in my slightly old and very minimal road flats. Started a cool down in comfy shoes but got 40s in and gave up I felt so bad