A painful PB

Faculty: Science and Engineering
Category: Sport

13 March 2018

Group of runners at the Cambridge Half Maraathon

The morning of race day had arrived and it was certainly warmer than last year, but I knew I wasn’t going to achieve my original goal of 1:45 having suffered a foot injury three weeks before.

On the day I met up with my friend who was aiming to complete the Cambridge Half Marathon in under two hours. I'd decided to run with her, as this was my goal: I wanted to beat my previous time of 2:00:38.

The race started off just fine, we were taking in the sights and enjoying looking out for our supporters, but then at mile 3 my hip injury from last year decided to play up. I made my friend aware of it but didn’t want to stop – I just wanted to finish!

By mile 10, I was in a lot of pain: my hip, knee and ankle were not being anywhere near as supportive as the crowds were. My friend said I should stop and stretch, and even though I really wanted to, equally I wanted to make the finish line in under two hours.

Sprint finishes are something that I usually excel at but it was the last thing on my mind as the last half mile came – that was, until I saw the roundabout before the finishing straight and I couldn’t help myself. I pegged it down, away from my friend, and finished with a time of 1:53:44!

Looking back I realise I should have done a bit more training. In the lead-up to race day I should have looked after my injury and seriously considered the possibility of withdrawing from the race. I’m now suffering from a torn tendon in my ankle. Looking forward, once my injury has recovered I’m thinking about running another half marathon in May in Leicestershire.

Next year I hope to smash the Cambridge Half Marathon with a time of 1:30. It would be a massive improvement, but with lots of training I reckon I could do it. The support from the crowds was amazing on the day, and I also want to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the event.

By Harmony Hennessy


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