This Sunday I did the Wokingham Half Marathon. Like last year it was well organised and again it was very windy. At least the wind was generally a headwind on the way out and a tail wind back.
Aim this year was to head off at 5.45 min/mile pace and see how I went. I got right to the front for the start and got my photo taken with the Mayor, so should be on the website soon in my Tri London running kit ! Managed the first two miles in a little under that pace and then the third slightly slower – for some reason I’d failed to remember there are two motorway bridges to cross on the way out and the way back. Felt really strong and after the first few miles started to work through the field. My pace was pretty steady, mile 5 and 6 were 6.04 and 5.31 which I put down to a misplaced mile marker. Last year when I hit the bridges on the way back I tired severely this year I was able to push on and pick off more runners. Ended up finishing in 8th place in 1.15.31 – a pb by over 2 minutes and average 5.46 min/miles so bang on my target.