Completed My 2nd Half Marathon In 2 Days With A Hilly Half.
On very rare occasions I surprise myself. Today I can safely say that I had the best run of my life.
I slept in until 1pm this afternoon with that awful creeping sensation of knowing that I had a run which I’d little energy for.
My goal all week had been to reach 40 miles for the first time since the Paris Marathon. I knew it was gonna be a big ask even after my 13.85 mile run yesterday.
I can usually hit 40 miles per week very easily over 4 runs but this week was different with the speed work session and the shitty run on Thursday leaving me with 25 miles to run over the weekend to hit my target.
Knockagh Hill Climb Part II
I conned myself into tackling the hill by telling myself that after I’d reached the top it would all be downhill and I could rest. The other option was to turn back and deal with undulating hills.
Getting the hills out of the way.
By mile 5 and the start of the incline I knew I’d be able to do it. I learned the necessary lessons from last week and just kept it slow from miles 5-7.
The altitude increased from 80m up to 270m over the course of 2 miles, so it was quite difficult to keep my concentration, but I didn’t panic.
I knew that the hill would run out before I gave up.
My slowest mile on the ascent was 10:40. On the final mile of the hill I came out with a 10:18. With the hill behind me I made the decision to try to finish the run in under a 10 minute mile pace.
I was surprised by how much I’d still left in my legs at this point and decided to set a new goal for myself…
Finish the 12.2 mile circuit in under 2 hours!
I’ve only ever ran this circuit successfully twice before and the first time I tried it I finished in about 2:10 with an average pace of 10:43 min/mile.
Fortunately for me the rest of the run was completely downhill. I didn’t have to try anymore.
My only problem was hitting the steep, twisty sections of the Knockagh Road approaching my home. I’d gained a bit of momentum on the 11th mile where I was close to maintaining a sub 8 minute mile at one point.
This was all great until I hit 11.4 miles when I got a bit arrogant and refused to obey common laws of gravity.
I nearly ended up in a fucking hedge.
Thankfully I stopped just in time otherwise some farmer man would be making me his bitch right about now.
With the hill behind me I was ecstatic and I was on course for finishing the circuit in under 2 hours.
Still there was something inside me that wanted more.
12.2 miles or another half marathon?
I got my 2nd wind and just went for the half marathon. I can’t remember much about it to be honest as I was exhausted.
I finished up on 13.5 miles in 2:11, hitting the half marathon point at 2:07 which is only 30 seconds slower than yesterday’s time of 2:06 but with twice the hills.
I’m a happy fucking jogger at the moment. I was waving at cars all the way down that hill. It was beautiful.
I’m gonna bask in this glow whilst it lasts. No more running until Wednesday for me.