Running is difficult. Improving run performance is more difficult still. This year I ambitiously decided to run 2 half marathons before summer. My Running Room store needed a clinic instructor for The Chilly Half, and since it was the first half marathon clinic in the new store location when asked to do it I took on both clinics. I am always up for a challenge!
I typically don't run much in the summer because of the heat. Last September when I started running again I was training 2 new runners who were building up from scratch. This meant some pretty slow running, but it was good to take time to recondition and inspire new runners. When the Chilly clinic started I was surprised how many people started a bit behind (in my opinion) and so we continued to work up slowly.
As I approached race day it did not seem practical after months of slow running to tackle a PB on March 4. I decided to run the Chilly Half with my clinic, slow and easy like a training run towards the Mississauga Half in May. As it turned out the race was freezing and I was coming off a bad sickness, resulting in a demoralizing punishing slow run that was honestly quite miserable. Once I recovered I jumped into the LSD's with my Mississauga runners who push my pace, and I have been training fast for the past 6 weeks.
Today we had our pre-race route run of 21.1K- full distance. Building up to this I have been eating with discipline to keep my nutrition really consistent. I tend to be a bit underweight on the best of days and I need a good reserve to pull off a PB. Today I was loaded up with water, gels and although I had a couple of beer last night I was rested and feeling ready to go.
We ran fast- After a 5:30 warmup pace Wayne and I were running a sub 4:30 to 6:30ish with a ton of time sub 5:00. It was a strong run! By about 15K I began to suffer blurred vision. This has happened to me before when riding intervals on my stationary bike for a long workout, but never on a run- exercise induced hypoglycemia.