I’ve never completed a training run of more than 18 miles before, I have never even run more than 19.5 miles. Before you think I’ve lost it, yes I did do the London Marathon last year, but I took a walk break around 19.5 miles! Today I completed the Human Race, Kingston Breakfast Run 20 MILES!!! Well, 20.22 miles to be precise!
I wasn’t too sure how it would go, as it didn’t quite fit into my original plan, but I NEEDED to book it!! Running a solo 20 miler, not really knowing many route options around here, just WOULD.NOT.HAVE.HAPPENED!
The plan was to stick with the 11-minute mile pacer, so can you imagine the sinking feeling I got when we lined up next to an 11 min pacer flag, to be told, ‘sorry there isn’t a pacer anymore’, and then ‘3, 2, 1 and they are off’. There were quite a few bemused faces around. As I crossed the start line, I started my Garmin and hoped I could sensibly pace myself. 10 metres into the run, a guy appeared with 11-minute pace written on his back, so the emotion of relief was on lots of people’s faces around me. So here goes
Mile 1 – Wow this feels quite fast for 11 min miles. I shouldn’t be finding this tough!
Mile 2 – What is this pacer doing! He was so erratic and fast at the start.
Mile 3 – I’m giving up with the pacer and using my Garmin to pace me. Finally, I settled into a nice rhythm and found myself pacing quite a few other ladies who wanted to stay around the same pace.
Mile 4 – This is nice. I love this route. I was chatting lots with the women around. I met another MNDA Runner (I think her name was Donna) she has never run a marathon before, but is running both Brighton and London! Her words ‘it’s all for a great cause’. I totally agree!
Mile 5 – Still feeling comfortable.
Mile 6 – Where are we? We went on a little loop around Thames Ditton, wow what a lovely place!
Mile 7 – If I ever win the lottery, I want to buy a house in this street!
Miles 8 – 10 – Comfortable and pretty consistent pace.
Miles 11 – 12 – Whoops I think we’ve sped up.
Mile 13 – Passing people finishing was tough, and I knew naturally I would speed up, but there was still 7 miles to go.
Miles 14 – 17 – Slow down, there is still a long way to go.
Miles 18 – 20.22 – Let’s, see what I’ve got! Ouch this hurts! Maybe I pushed too hard, I’m not sure I can finish this. I could never keep this pace up for 26.2 miles. There is no way I can kick at the end. I want this to be over! Wow, there is the finish – ok I’m sprinting (well running faster!) I’m so glad that’s over.
WAHOO I’ve just run 20.22 miles! As with each Kingston Breakfast Runs I’ve completed before, the mug is great and the goodie bag was awesome! The marshals and volunteers were awesome, and as always with Human Race, the organisation was spot on.
Six weeks to go, where has the time gone!
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