It was all going so well… then 55 minutes into my IAAF World Half Marathon debut in Cardiff, this happened.
We knew that Storm Katie was going to arrive at some point, a drizzly and breezy start to the day a precursor for what was to come. However, conditions were pretty good as we lined up next to Cardiff Castle, 16,000 PB hunters and fun runners alike. The race underway (I managed to stay on my feet unlike eventual winner Geoffrey Kamworor)
the course was actually a delight. Flat (apart from one ramp at the start of mile 12) with great support, a view of the sea along the barrage etc etc. However…
Only 9 seconds behind schedule at the start of Mile 10 the storm landed and I started going backwards! My goal time for the race was 6 minutes per mile so as to PB in 1:18:39. At this point I was on for 1:18:48. Then the weather changed.
The last 4 miles of the race were into gale-force wind, blowing in from SW and torrential rain. I think if I was stronger (not whippet thin?!) and had something in reserve then I might have been able to battle those conditions. But into headwind and hail, through gritted teeth my splits suffered and as you can see from the above, I lost 1 minute 35 seconds… (the GPS was a bit off) in the last 4 and a bit miles, to finish in 1:20:23.
So I still PB’d (not by a lot) but this really felt hard! And it’s funny how when you are talking fine margins, external factors can really effect outcome. Something to keep in mind with times in mind for Boston!