Sheffield Half Marathon (the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield) is in one week.
Entry was paid for by my employers as a Christmas gift.
Regular running to and from work had me building a base all winter, but tapering ahead of the High Peak Marathon meant less running.
Frost bitten feet meant running hasn’t been quite right for a while and the HPM reduced me to a walk by the end.
Recovery post ultra has meant even more time without enough running.
Hiking/Mountaineering in the Scottish Highlands has stressed my lower legs until I developed a tight left calf and sore right big toe.
A little bit of running in the last couple of weeks has gotten slowly better despite this.
Today felt great, thanks to planning – leaving clothes and food at work in advance, so I could run without the usual pack on my back.
So do I:
a) Pass up the race in support of a slow measured training program that will benefit me later in the year?
b) Take part, but saunter round – taking in the atmosphere and coming out fresh?
c) Attack the thing in tried and tested gung-ho fashion, blowing up half way up the first hill and trashing my rubber legs all the way back down for a crawl across the line?
d) Set off gently and discover to my delight that I’m in better form than I realised and actually scoop a PB over my previous Sheffield Half, where I’d only run slowly anyway and was just fit enough to cope?
Answers: d). (shut up, it’s d)
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