half marathon running

Hackney Half was so hot. And I don’t mean it in a nice way.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

From one extreme to the other. Two weeks ago I was freezing my tits off neck deep in a river and mud at the Toughest, last Sunday I was rapidly being sun-fried on the streets of Hackney.

It was my third Hackney Half Marathon, and me and that race just don’t get along. This race always happens to be on a really hot day and I don’t like running when it’s hot. In fact, when the sun starts blazing every spring/summer and all the hibernating summer-only-runners come out, I do the opposite – I run a lot less.

I ran with my Camelbak that had a couple of Nuun tablets in the water but after half an hour, sipping on warm sweet water became a bit nauseating. I knew from 3km onwards that this was going to be a slow race. From then on, my pace got slower and slower and slower and slower every km until the end.

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I’m smiling because I don’t know yet that my visor gives me the most epic dark shadows under my eyes ;)

The crowds were great but I knew the course and dreaded the final few miles through the Olympic park – there’s no freaking shade there and the sun reflects off the yellow surroundings. That’s the point in the race people started dropping off like flies, thankfully there seemed to be plenty of St.John’s ambulance people around.

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Finish line is in sight. Hallelujah and give me COLD water. And then coffee. And food. And a swimming pool to jump into.

I finished in 1:52:29, which is 10 minutes slower than my PB but a minute faster than my PW so all’s well ;)

I’m not signing up for Hackney again. Unless they change it to February or March.

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Hands up if you’re about to melt/faint/puke!

My next half marathon is on Wimbledon Common in June and then Ealing in September, which is my absolute favourite.

Did you run Hackney this year (I know lots of people did)? If you didn’t totally hate it, tell me what your secret is.

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  • Laura @ Laura : Fat 2 Fit Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at 22:30

    I ran it this year and also ran it last year. I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much this year but that’s only because of the heat and the fact that I was struggling so much. It was hot last year too, but not as hot as this year so it was less bearable to run in – I walk/ran the majority of it.

    I was also a little disappointed with the medal this year, not as big as last years and it didn’t say anywhere on it that it was for a half marathon which was a little naff after all the hard work I put in, haha!

    It’s the best race for crowd support that I’ve done thus far though, so I can’t fault them on that!

    • MrsB Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 09:10

      Yes, crowd support was great but the heat really zapped ALL my energy. Last year wasn’t quite as hot but I struggled with sore shins so it wasn’t fun either. Maybe I should have actually walked a bit this year but I didn’t want to – I wanted to get to the end as soon as possible and find shade!

  • kitty Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at 16:21

    I ran it and I didn’t hate it one bit, although I was 35 minutes slower than my PB.

    First of all, I went into that race without any expectations – I hadn’t trained properly, it really WAS hot and I also decided to experiment and run the race on no carbs (as in, after weeks of very low-carb diet and literally 0 carbs on the day). All in all, I didn’t feel bad for any of the bits I walked. There were quite a few of those bits :P

    Second and more important though – this is my hood, my streets, my people. I run this place:) how could I hate it? no, it was awesome and I’ll sign up for next year, hot or not.

    • MrsB Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 09:11

      If it’s your neighbourhood then of course it’s a bit more meaningful :) I thought about walking but just wanted to get to the end and not be in that sun for longer than absolutely necessary.

  • Anna @AnnaTheApple Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at 13:57

    Well done for running in the heat! I ran a 10 mile race on Sunday and it was a killer. Horrifically hot. I did Hackney last year and really enjoyed it – got my PB there, but it was a bit cooler if I remember rightly.
    Well done for getting round!

    • MrsB Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 09:13

      Last year was a little bit cooler but I had shin niggles so it wasn’t very pleasant either. But – live and learn. At least now I know that I will make it to the end of a very hot half marathon and that I will not throw up if I have enough electrolytes during the run :)