The Kingston 16 mile running was meant to form part of my three weeks of increasingly long runs, with a half mara (run to the beat), Kingston and then I was going to do a marathon the weekend after……not the wisest of moves in terms of running, but I was keen to see if it could be done.
At the Kingston run I set a more realistic pace on the Garmin and this time, I decided to stick to it, especially at the start of the race when the pace felt really easy….I knew that this would do me well come the latter stages of the race. In the end, I managed to run 15 of the 16 miles at exactly the pace I wanted to. I did slow down on the last mile, but I was pleased that I had kept it together for so long, thanks largely to some other runner who ran with me for about 10 miles.
Came home in 1:45, which although not exactly one of my faster runs, I was happy with, especially based on the amount of run training I am doing. The marathon the week after did not go to plan….achilles was sore from the start for some reason I pulled out at mile 6. I was not going to make another 20 without doing some serious damage.