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#TBT – Central Lancashire HM 2014

Welcome to my first Throwback Thursday of the new year. This Sunday is the Central Lancashire HM and this happened to be the first half marathon of my 2014 challenge. This was the challenge where I did a half marathon every month for 13 months. At the time I had only ever done one previous half and it was still was some what of an unknown distance for me. Needless to say it was a tough start to 2014 but I did managed to bag an early year PB with a time of 1:38:33. To give you an idea I’m aiming for sub 79 at this distance now. My good to get a 78:33 at the Brass Monkey HM, which would me since then I’ve improved by 20 minutes!

So here is my report from that race: So no sooner had we finished the last challenge that the new one was soon upon us. After completing the last challenge (13 x 10km races in 2013), we here at Team 13 decided to keep the momentum going and we upped the challenge and distance and the new challenge is 13 half marathons in 13 months.

So Xmas was pretty much as you were training wise. You can read more details about the training side over on our new running blog. today was the first official race over in Lancashire. The race was called “The Central Lancashire New Year Half Marathon” and was just outside of Preston. The race started at 10am, so the entire Team13 clan was out early heading over the Woodhead to the race.

We arrived just after 9am and went to race HQ which was in the school hall. I was given number 236 out of a field of 500. The race was slightly undulating and consisted of a straight section and then a large loop and then the same straight section to finish back at the school.

This was my second ever half marathon so still to get used to pacing and was guilty of going out too fast, I did the first mile in 6:43 and it would have been great to do the whole race at that pace. I settled down and miles 3-6 were all within a few seconds of each other. The hardest part was the long stretch from 5 and half miles to 8. It was very open and you ran into a head wind. The pace slowed to just under 7:30 pace and stayed that way till mile 10.

By this time I was running on empty having forgotten to have any food before had and the last 3 miles were really tough going with final mile being 8:27 and it was a case of just getting over the finish line. The watch and official time got me at 1:38:33 a new PB, knocking over 3 minutes off my previous time.

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