garden city runners.
i read my average heart rate was 9 beats below maximum. the cramping had limited my performance, something that has dogged me for many years. whether this is due to conditioning, dietary or other reasons i have not yet been able to pin down. what it meant was that as i entered the home straight whilst most sprinted for the line and i conversely slowed down the closer i got. i did however manage to run my fastest ever half marathon with an official time of 1:31:46. i knocked 5 seconds off my previous best time set last year at the same event. i put this in no small part to consistency and plenty of hill work.
even though i am now 42 years old i am sure i can squeeze a faster time out but that will have to wait until next year. from now until at least christmas i shall dedicate more time to riding my bike as well as strength training in the gym. i will continue running but will cut it by at least half, maybe more. it feels like it will be quite a change to my previously run dominated training programme but one that is needed not only to help me shake the hamstring niggle but also to freshen things up, more specifically prepare for some forthcoming bicycle challenges and to arrive into autumn with decent form for the cyclo-cross season.