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Training Diary: An Easy 13.1 Miles in Beautiful Surroundings (with pics!)

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And so to Sunday – the day universally celebrated by runners as the Long Run Day. For me, this meant a half marathon, or 13.1 miles of running. With a half marathon and a ten mile race both around the corner I figured it was time to put some miles in, having not run more than 10 miles since last August in The Beast (I collapsed at the end). So last week I did 11 on Sunday and this week it went up to 13.1.

This was a route that I would never have known about if I didn’t use Strava, and follow 2014 Commonwealth marathon runner and 2:16 London Marathoner Steve Way, who lives in a village near to me (I presume from Strava!). One Sunday I noticed that he ran a route that went straight past my house, showing me a course that I never knew existed!

Half marathon (13.1) route through Lytchett, Sturminster Marshall and Wimborne

The Start near Lytchett Matravers

Half marathon (13.1) route through Lytchett, Sturminster Marshall and Wimborne

The middle – the river near Sturminster Marshall

Half marathon (13.1) route through Lytchett, Sturminster Marshall and Wimborne

Towards the end – hill climbing up from Wimborne towards home

The Session

As I started out I was full of anxiety, caused by my body failing me at the end of the arduous 12 miler The Beast last summer. Was I hydrated enough? Had I eaten enough? So I packed small drink into my pocket, along with a flapjack and energy gel – massive overkill but it made me feel better!

I headed out at a fairly relaxed pace, phone in one hand playing the Serial podcast into my headphones (did Adnan do it?!), drink in the other.

The route was mainly through country lanes, until the last four miles which required some deft sprinting across roads. I’d already measured out the course on Map My Run so I knew it was exactly 13 miles, therefore I didn’t look at my watch for the entire run – just enjoyed the amazing scenery. It was only when I got home and uploaded the watch data that I happily saw it had taken me 1:38 in and average of 7:29 m/mi. It had felt like a very relaxed, easy pace so I was very surprised at the time.

Half marathon (13.1) route through Lytchett, Sturminster Marshall and Wimborne

Half marathon (13.1) route through Lytchett, Sturminster Marshall and Wimborne

Stats:

Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 1:28:01
Average pace: 7:29 m/mi

Author: Rob Murray

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