I love the Leeds Half Marathon; it was the first running race I ever entered and it has remained special to me. I was really looking forward to the race today even though the weather forecast was that it was going to be the warmest day of the year so far!
A week and a day after the London Marathon I had been a naughty boy and run the East Leads 10K. In that and the club paarlauf session the following day I had ominous pain near one of my knees and so for the rest of the week I had obeyed my physio. and done nothing, taking his advice that “more is less”. Even though this half marathon was in that context, a bit of a risk, I still had a very good feeling about it.
Well in the end it was a wonderful day and although I was far from my best, I managed to keep going all the way round and not an ache or a pain before, during or after. I am so chuffed about that because I now know I have a core of strength on which I can build up my training mileage (gradually).
Man, it was hot though! I think as I ran up Kirkstall Road; the last 4 miles, it felt like 30 degree heat (although the reality is that it was nearer 20). As I crossed the finish line I felt as shattered as in any other race so I knew I gave it my all. I was determined to keep running and not run-walk and this determination won!
I was really impressed with the other runners in my running club, Rodillian Runners. All did brilliant performances and for one at least, it was their first half!
Today was also my 4 year old grandson Brandon’s first junior parkrun and the news is he really enjoyed himself. I wonder how long it will take him to outrun Grandad?
They foam at the mouth and run,
But mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.” Noel Coward
“It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.” Psalm 9:6 NIVUK