Great Scottish Run 2012 Review
Last Sunday I completed the Great Scottish Run 2012 with a personal best of 2 hours and 9 minutes. That’s around 3 minutes faster than my time last year!
After leaving my bags off at Glasgow Central Station I returned to the hotel and tried to relax as much as possible. This was easier said than done. I had an awful feeling in my stomach that something would go wrong.
The caffeine in the energy drink made me manic. I dreamt up all sorts of unlikely scenarios including but not limited to.
- Falling flat on my face at the starting line.
- Getting into a fight with another runner after running into them at a water station.
- My race number blowing off and being disqualified from the race.
- My phone dropping out of my y-Fumble and it smashing into 10,000 pieces before the crowd stomping all over the remains.
- My nipples bleeding so badly that the race marshalls drag me away from the field and bundling me in an ambulance.
- Being blown off the Kingston Bridge by a 100 mile an hour gust.
- Shitting myself and it coming out of the bottom of my trousers.
- Pissing myself and it coming out of the bottom of my trousers.
- Damaging my race chip so badly that the organisers would be unable to record my time.
- Running into a lamp post and suffering severe concussion.
All of these negative thoughts finished when I crossed the start line. I knew that I would achieve a personal best if I kept positive and conversed my energy until the end.
The run itself was going well until I hit the wall at mile 11 after pushing a little too hard on the 9th.
By the 12 mile mark I was close to giving up and walking. Thankfully by that stage the rest of the course was downhill and the crowd drove me onwards.
All in all I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t manage a better time. If I hadn’t hit the wall I’d have sprinted the last mile to achieve a comfortable sub 130 minute run.
In saying that, I didn’t capitulate with fatigue at the end. It just made the run less enjoyable as I was terrified of stopping and ceasing up altogether.
Once I crossed the finishing line, I found a suitable point to collapse in Glasgow Green and lay there for about an hour. The thought of scuttling my way back across to collect my luggage was daunting. It must have taken 2 hours to make the 5k return journey.
Overall I enjoyed the race and will hopefully be back in 2013 to set another personal best.
Next up is the Waterside Half Marathon on Sunday.
I’m a little concerned about it as I’ve yet to run this week due to my body hurting and starting a new job. I’ll be sure to get out tomorrow morning though to keep momentum!