If I have a bad race I wont go back to the event again. The “bad race” could be in the form of poor organisation but more often than not it is because I have hated the run. I must say that its often no fault of the organisers, they could put on the best most organised race ever but if I struggle or don’t enjoy it than I wont be going back. There is two 20 mile events that are local to me, I ran both of these back in 2014, well I say ran the truth is probably that I walked most of them, every mile seemed to go on forever and if it was not for the fact you got a fab hoodie on crossing the finish line I probably would have pulled out of both on the 1st lap. Despite both events being amazingly well organised I have not been back and I have no intention of returning. But my no going back to a bad race is about to change. I am going back to do Milton Keynes half in May.
Due to injury the beginning of 2016 was a write off in terms of running, a few limped miles here and there but no regular training. I was swayed by the fab cow medal on offer for running the 5km on the Sunday and the Half on the Monday so I signed up, this despite the fact I could not run more than a few miles before having to stop due to pain.
I went into the race knowing it would not be a fun event, my longest continuous run had been only 4 miles and my longest run walk was 6 miles. Most sensible people would have given up the race as a bad job and not shown up but there was a 3 hour time limit and after months of injury I kinda wanted to feel like a runner again. Fortunately Mary offered to run with me otherwise there could have been points where I might just has sat on the kerb and cried.
In the event I needed almost every one of those 3 hours, I had to walk….alot, a personal worst by about 40 mins! And whilst I hated the run, I really enjoyed running and chatting to Mary, I loved the route and the organisation was fab so I feel I owe it to the race to go back and give it another go.
So here I am 54 days out from the run and if I am honest I am not in a much better place than I was this time last year in terms of fitness. My longest run is still only around 4 miles and most weeks the only run I do is parkrun, BUT I am able to run without a limp, I have some muscle weakness but I am not injured as such. So I have 53 days for me to do everything I can to come out of MK half with a much happier memory than I did last year.
Oh and if I am honest the fab medal helped sway it, look at these beauts!!