So yesterday I did an unplanned visit to Park Run and a quick 5km sprint (errr – quick for ME that is).
I have had the Fremantle Half Marathon on my calendar for about a month now. I have not planned for it or trained for it, as the marathon was my last planned road race for the year. But, as I started this running malarky with City to Surf 12km last year, followed 5 weeks later with a half marathon, this is an anniversary run, so good for a comparison on improvement.
This course has some not good surface (very rough tar), but still doable barefoot. Ugg.. Until you saw the weather. Very wet roads, lots of rain and wind. Sorry my fellow hard core barefoot runners, but running in barefoot wet weather, is not optimal.. Again I am only 5 weeks out from the barefoot marathon, so that memory is still to fresh for me. So donned my new Balance Vibram Minus zero drop trail shoes for the occasion. Much more sensible. Unfortunately the run was pretty much a write off for me as I killed my legs in yesterdays park run…and of course have not trained for this half either… But a year on shows a significant improvement in my running technique, beating last years time by 24 minutes, even though this race was a mind boggling struggle from the 2nd km, with my muscles kicking into fatigue overdrive, with still 19km to go. So just managed what I could.