Billed as the Worlds Fastest Half Marathon, this was probably my slowest marathon!
I had to miss out on this race last year due to a chest infection.
No such problems this year except that I hadn’t run much since the beginning of the year. Somehow my fitness goals had changed and I’d been focusing more on increasing my strength this year.
So it’s been a strict diet of Squats, Push presses and Dead Lifts.
But I had registered for this event well in advance and I wasn’t going to quit now.
The race bag included a technical Tshirt and a few vouchers but nothing else of note.
I managed to do a couple of 10km runs just to be sure I still had it in me.
Probably one of the most underprepared half marathons for me in a long time.
Going into the race I got only a 3 hr sleep the night before. I was up early at 3am to make my breakfast and get ready for a long drive to the start point in Ras al Khaimah.
My breakfast was a big green smoothie along with peanut butter & jam on toast.
Since I got to the venue slightly early I could grab a quick nap in the car before kickoff.
Getting to the start line, it was a bit cold as I didn’t have any warmers. But it didn’t matter as the gun went off we were off.
Somehow this wasn’t a race I enjoyed probably for lack of training which showed in my time of 2 hr and 26secs.Going forward I’m still going to be focusing on my strength training but also start training with the Maffetone approach as I have recently discovered I’ve been training myself to the ground.
After reading up on the Maffetone I feel this is what I’ve probably needed. Will update soon on how it goes.