WOWSER! – so that was a great little morning out!
Rose at 6am and had a nice light breakfast – cereal, and light fry-up of poached eggs, beans and waffles, and hopped in the car to MK – it’s only a short drive for us from Stevenage through to MK so it only took around an hour to get to the MK Dons stadium by around 08:30am, in time for the start at 10:00am.
It was pretty busy upon arrival within the stadium, with various runners, and runners families milling about waiting to see their loved ones off for a tour of the stupendous architectural heritage of MK!
Today, I already had a time in mind before I set off – 1hr 50 & I would be happy – slightly quicker than my Half Ironman pace that i will be thrashing out next month.
Race number and timing chip collected, & with 10am fast approaching, we headed down to the start line to bag a decent position – i said my goodbyes to my much better half, and agreed a meeting point and waited….
After a few mexican waves, and some cheesy dance music, it was time to get down to business…
Roll on 10:00am… and the claxon going, I had deliberately positioned myself at the start between the 1hr55 and the 1hr50 pacemakers who would be adorned with balloons for the duration of the race.
I set off at a reserved pace just to blow the cobwebs out, warm-up & the first few kilometers whizzed by without any issue – it was quite fun actually, if i am 100% honest…!
Eventually I drew level with the 1hr 50 pacemaker, suddenly realising that in teeny tiny letters, he was actually the sub-1hr50 pacemaker..! – not to worry – I was doing ok… I was level with the 1hr 50 pacemaker, and ahead of the 1hr 55 pacemaker – so I wasn’t too bothered about losing a few hundred meters to the pacemaker over the next few kilometers as I was still well in line with my target.
I hit 10k in around 53mins and I felt great – no foot issues, no blisters – nothing to worry about.
Hydration / energy wise, my plan was as follows –
- hydrate with 2 bottles at each water stop
- bottle 1 to drink as required (not too much)
- bottle 2 for cooling – ie. chuck over ones head
- if by the next watering station bottle 1 has not run out, do a bottle 2 with bottle 1!
- collect more water, & rinse and repeat…!
Mile 3 came and went, 6 whistled by, and by mile 9 this seemed to be working great.
Along came 11k in 59m01; 12k in 1hr03:57; 13k in 1hr09:03; &14k in sub 1hr 15! – & I still felt great – and in hindsight, looking at the stats – I was flying! – see below… hurrah!
The last 3 miles were great, my legs felt loose, and springy, and the last few kilometers rocketted by!
I entered the stadium, and saw my screaming fan – Mrs S – gave a wave and head down to the finish line, eventually finishing with a semi-sprint…!
Finish time: 1hr 48:19s
Check out the medal and post half marathon hydration below…!Hindsight is a magical thing – as is wearing a garmin, as you can rip apart every run, ride, walk, hike, cycle by checking out your stats at the end.
And now some stats for you ….
I came 386 of 1677 in the MK half marathon!
I averaged 5:08min/km for the duration of the half marathon! – I was aiming for around 5:20 / 30min/km which would have got me in in around 1hr55ish.
I got a 10k PB of 49m:48s …. between the 11th kilometer and 21st kilometer – go figure that one out…!? (see red line below)& my 1hour distance has increased to 11.94km – from around the 9km to the finish line. (see red line below)
I have come a long way since I started running … obvious pun intended…! … joking aside, around 3.5 years ago I could barely run 1 km in one go, I was the wrong side of 30, weight increasing, greying hair and receding (still is) – and today I completed a Half Marathon – that’s 21.097494 kilometres, or 13.1094 miles… the equivalent of 23,000 steps to finish…assuming a stride length of 3 feet over a half marathon distance of 69,218 feet! Anyhow – I did it & I am dead chuffed!
Next stop – Staffordshire…!
NB. in my Half Marathon tour of MK, I did not see a concrete cow – in truth I was moderately disappointed, so I have included one as the featured image for future reference as proof of their existence..! Enjoy!