#GBKona 2018: Danny Bluff: The Lakesman champion debuts in Hawaii
October 12, 2018
Outlaw Half Triathlon
May 31, 2016
World Ironman Championship
October 27, 2018
English Half Marathon
September 18, 2016
So even though the triathlon season has officially finished for me, I still look for other events to compete in so thought the English Half Marathon would be a great event to race in. It was a good benchmark to see how I've progressed this year with my running and also to track my progress over the winter period.
Prior to the race I have had some difficulties with my lower back. For reasons I can't explain I seem to have a strain in my lower back and have had several physiotherapy sessions which have helped relieve it a little bit (thanks to The Physiotherapy Clinic and Physiostation). However, my back still isn't in great condition and I have avoided running over the past 10 days to help the recovery process. Even when I arrived at the race I tried warming up and felt sharp pains in my back but I'm a fighter so persevered!
The race started well and being near the front of the start line helped get a good start. After just 2km I started to get blister pain on the outside of my left foot which wasn't what I wanted but knew it was probably down to my back pain as I think I was running slightly differently. Soon after the pain went away and I just focused on the race ahead.
From 2km to 8km it was all uphill which was a struggle but was rather glad that the climbing was at the start of the race than near the end. I managed to form a pack with several people going up the hill which allowed us to rotate the front person a bit but I soon realised the pace was slowing down so increased my cadence and moved on bringing one other person with me.
I stayed with the other guy until we reached Appleton but he soon sped ahead and I knew I needed to take it easy as I was starting to tire. However from then onward I knew it was predominately downhill.
I felt good coming down the hill, but admittedly started to get some sharp pains in my back. I wouldn't let this get me down though. As soon as we reached Victoria Park I knew there wasn't far left to go and tried to keep up with two guys who just passed me. Entering Warrington town centre I picked up the pace trying to make a gap with the two guys I had stayed with.
The last couple of kms were tough. Blisters had got the better of me a bit but I never quit! The finish line would soon be approaching me.
In the end I completed the half marathon in a personal best time of 1:23:26 positioning 39th out of 2182!
I'm actually amazed of the progress I've over the past few years. When I started university I couldn't even run a sub 20 minute 5km run but now I can run at a quicker pace over a half marathon distance.
I've also managed to take off slightly less than 6 minutes off my half marathon time in only 9 months! It just shows that dedication and hard work pays off.
Recovering with a nice High5 protein recovery shake and High5 Zero topped off a good morning. I can't wait to train smarter over the winter period and see some more improvements next year.