Putting the miles in

Ray Sievey Monday, 30 February, 2012
This week has been my first real disrupted week when it comes to keeping to my schedule from Nick. After the Sidcup10 last week, my legs felt heavy and achy on Monday and Tuesday. I did a yoga session on the Monday and went for a gentle jog on the Wednesday. Thursday was a planned 45min progression run, but I had a really nasty migraine, so didn’t do any running on Thursday or Friday. Saturday morning I had a bit of a loosener by doing the Bromley parkrun gently. I found a car key on the way round and after a bellowing an announcement at the finishing pavilion, I re-united with its owner, so that was my good deed for the day. Then it was a drive down to Brighton with the wife and my little boy as we were staying in a B&B the night before the Brighton Half. Project262 Brighton 2012 crew We just managed to catch the postman before we left and he handed me the latest edition of Men’s Running. I was looking forward to this with a bit of trepidation as my wife had been interviewed for this month’s edition. So get yourself a copy to find out what she said about me! Saturday afternoon, to be frank it was pi**ing down so a leisurely walk around the lanes turned into finding refuge in the shopping centre and coffee shops. I had booked a table at an Italian restaurant for 6:30 as we were meeting up with fellow Spartans, Justin and Keith along with Keith’s wife and his little boy. Keith however turned up solo as he had ballsed up his B&B booking, oops sorry Keith I said I wouldn’t say anything, oh well never mind! We had a nice meal and a good chat. My little boy has also been poorly this week with a cough and cold along with a trip to A&E this week with a finger injury. So unfortunately, Saturday night was not a good night’s sleep. Anyway Sunday was an absolutely beautiful morning, blue sky and nice and fresh, perfect for running. Whilst at breakfast (porridge of course) another guest asked if I was running the half marathon, to which I replied “yes” she then asked if I knew which roads were closed and asked if I could help her work out how to get her van to Manchester Road?? Er sorry love, I am just running IN the event, not running THE event! Whilst making my way to the start I bumped into Nick and Phoebe (the Project26.2 coaches) had a quick chat, then dropped my bag off and sorted myself out. Good atmosphere at the start and then Annabelle Giles gave us the horn. I started off at a gentle pace, didn’t really have much choice due to the numbers, but after about mile 2, started getting into my stride. At about mile 3, I got a pat on the back and a chap said to me, I have been following you in Men’s Running. I am taking the fame in my stride (pun intended). So we had a little chat and as promised, Mr Wilson @twupsanddowns you are now in my blog. I had my name on my shirt so had lots of “Go on Hippo” shouts which was nice, I need to perfect my royal wave. 
  Now, when I was told at the beginning of this training, that I would need to put the miles in, I didn’t realise this would be at an official event. Most of the talk post-race was about the distance, it seems that somebody had put a cone in the wrong place (ooops) as pretty much everybody made the distance 13.5 miles? If I had have known this, I might have brought along another High5 gel! Despite this, my official time was 1:48:34, although courtesy of my Garmin 610, my 13.1 split time was 1:46:04. It was really good to catch up with most of the other Project26.2 GIRLS and Spartans and just a shame three of the gang couldn’t make it. I had a post run interview with Men’s Running editor Danny (I really must get an agent) a chat with Nick and chin wag with the others. After we all said all our goodbyes I then had a nice afternoon in Brighton with my wife and little boy, including Fish and Chips (protein and carbs) and a ride on the Helter Skelter (high point of the day for me and my boy, again pun intended). So to finish a photo of the gang, I think Freya had already shot off by the time this was taken (she’s fast that girl)
.  Until next week
, The Hippo

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