2022 hasn’t really gotten off to the start I had dreamed of. As of the end of April I have run four events and cancelled five; two of those should have been ultras. You can put it down to fitness, confidence or bad planning but the simple fact of it all is that my plan for the year is not unfurling as I had hoped.
Yes you read that title correctly. Back in November the Running Channel asked me to take part in a completely unique race with very little other information. I've come to the realisation that if they call, you say yes. So before I had really heard of any of the details I agreed not really knowing the full scale of the challenge I would be facing...
would be my first half marathon and arguably the worst in terms of race day experience. I ripped through my shoes like the Incredible Hulk, felt pain unlike I had ever before and ran out of energy/the will to live at about mile 6. I felt like a broken man coming across the line but I had done it; I had run my first half marathon.
Training through winter feels like its own right of passage. It is a time when your shadow, drawn long by the 4pm setting sun, is your only company in the golden cold light. You battle through storms so brutal they have names and vindictive personalities. The laundry pile of wet and muddy clothes seems to be unending and smelling worse with each passing week. The crisp frosty air robes the breath from your lungs and your steps crunch upon the hardened earth. You put on layer upon layer of clothes only to get one mile in and regret about twelve of them.
For someone who works solely in miles being challenged by The Running Channel to take on a 5km negative split challenge seemed tough enough but when you add in the rules and it became damn near impossible. Did I win in a blaze of glory or lose in a laughable failure. Only one way to find out...
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