It’s been almost a year since I officially joined the Steel City Striders (SCS) training run. If you have been keeping up with my blog over the year, you would have witnessed some of the ups and the downs of my running in the past year. In this post, I wanted to reflect on the things I have learnt this year, and if anything I would do differently. Finally will look at what my targets for the upcoming yearContinue reading “One year on”
Race Date: 15th December 2018
This was to be my first Marathon in my journey of running, and I had only booked it as part of my long-term strategy and training for Spring Marathon. I was advised at one point to go through 2 marathon training plans as preparation so that I can be in the best shape for April. So looking at some Marathons available it was a coin toss between the Nottingham Marathon around the water sports centre (9 laps) or Elsecar Trail Marathon (4 laps). Just looking at the number of laps, I decided to go for Elsecar (It was also highly recommended by one of the Striders).
Race Date: 2nd December 2018
This was my last 10K for this year, it’s also a race that tends to fill up within hours of opening for registration. Last year, this was my 3rd race and wanted to come back, as I had thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the support. Continue reading “Percy Pud 10K 2018”
Race Date: 4th November 2018
This was a 10K race, which I had booked well in advance, knowing too well that it had a PB potential. After doing the Leeds 10K, I found that the route would be very similar. With my PB of 46:08 there, I was hoping for a really good race after a few races that I had PB’d over the previous few months.
This was my third Half Marathon and was the main Half after the Sheffield HM, that I had intended to do well in. One kind Strider suggested that I should go through 2 Marathon plans to prepare for my spring Marathon. This, therefore, was in a middle of my first such plan. However, I had done extremely well and had gone various barriers of long distances to approx 22 miles. So after the Vale of York and Sheffield 10K, it was more of a consolidation and making sure that I was 100% ready for this particular race.
On my anniversary of racing, I had to go back to Sheffield 10K, where it all started. The race took place on Sunday 23rd September, and this year I was accompanied by several people from my company as part of the Corporate Challenge.
This was only my second Half Marathon, and easily was the longest wait for a race to appear in my calendar, as the previous race scheduled in August had to be cancelled for personal reasons. This was also the one that would help me to understand how well my long distance training has gone over the past 6 -9 months.
Well, this was the 3rd race in as many weeks. I was never registered for this early, and made an abrupt decision to enter this race, full knowing that I would have done many weeks of racing. If you have followed my blog, you would have learnt, that I smashed my 10K PB in the previous race at Dronfield 10K, so wasn’t really expecting any drama here.
Another weekend and another race goes by, and this time it was the Dronfield 10K on the 1st July. Now, this was the re-arranged race from 16th March, when it was postponed due to heavy snow. There was a massive contrast in weather, and it was reported to be around 25 degrees centigrade, so was not expecting many people trying to go for PB. Many people prefer cold weather conditions for racing, and the original date may have given us that, maybe next year.
This was my first ever trail race, and was very nervous and anxious before this. I just did not know what to expect. This was also my first outing on my new trainers using Saucony Peregrine 8. Finally, my first race after Ramadhan, which too, so it was going to be good to see how my fitness was after all the slow training I did throughout the blessed month