Road run race (Cranleigh 21) 2:41:12  21.0 mi (7:41 / mi) +200m 7:27 / mi
ahr:139 max:168 weight:72kg shoes: saucony swerve
Just as Lu predicted, all the pain of a marathon, without the atmosphere or sense of achievement. Nice little low-key event though, and the perfect primer for 28 April. My back felt alright, so to compensate I worried about pains in my knees. They were fine, but left hip felt very strange for the final 6 mile lap. Started at pretty comfortable 7.30 mile pace, but now think this is going to be too quick on the day. Trouble is, slower doesn’t feel easier. Was slowed by hills here and there, but didn’t really drop off pace until half way round first short lap. Got overtaken a lot after this but I just worked at grinding it out. Shorter stride length helped (1.22 compared to 1.44 at CC, cadence almost the same). At mile 20 I suddenly felt light headed and faint, and legs briefly turned to jelly. Just like the finishers on the tv. Thought I might be walking but thankfully it passed. If nothing else I am under no illusions about the size of the challenge in four weeks time. And there’s not much I can do about it now.