Having been running since late 2012 and a EHH member since 2013, this half marathon has been on my list to do for some time but, not got around to ticking it off, either due to an Autumn Marathon or post Marathon holiday. I put on my list to do this year but, then ruled it out as had signed up to do Gruesome Twosome the following weekend with Vicky Godfrey and decided not to have 2 weekends of racing.
Always an enjoyable weekend away the Harriers this was the fourth time we’d ventured up there to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks. In a year which has again been blighted by injury setbacks with on-going issues in my back & sciatica symptoms I wasn’t sure how much I was going to be able to do but thought I would give it a bash having ran the peaks a couple of times in the year & also having found some comfort in running various fell races throughout the year & coming away pretty much unscathed. It’s kind of baffling that running off road triggers fair less pain & sometimes no pain than running on road, thus proved when I ran Burringham 10k & had awful sciatica, so much so I spat my dummy out & pulled out of Guy Fawkes 10 one of my fave races of the year.
All in for 2:24.
That was the plan. No taking it easy, no negative split. No comfy first 4 miles to ease into it. I wanted to arrive at that finish line completely empty, win or lose, on target or not, the only thing that mattered was completely burying myself trying to go under the time that I had chosen.