I love this course with every bit of my being. A 5km incline followed by 9km on the flat and then a charge downhill to the finish. The weather as it has always been was perfect with little wind, blue sky and a welcome 4 degrees. So different from the 17 degrees I’d experienced in Kobe just 3 weeks earlier.
On reflection, that early season marathon had been superb preparation. I felt that aerobically I was in the best possible shape. On the start line however, I did wonder about my left glute and those calf muscle niggles that had surfaced in the weeks after Kobe. Trying to think positively with just a couple of minutes to the gun I forced myself to shut out the voice that incessantly whispered 51. It’s just a number after all. I have plenty of PB years left in me, or do I?
Kameoka had been good to me. A 1:28:10 in 2017 and a PB of 1:26:47 last year. Now, with under a minute to go I told myself to make it hurt just one more time ...
- Kameoka Half Marathon 2019
- 1.24.55 (PB)
- Pace: 4:01 min/km
- No aid station stops
- Nike Zoom Fly 3 (white)
- 5km splits: 20:27, 20:28, 20:25, 19:25, 4:10
- Placing overall: 97/4591
- Placing age 50-60: 10/524
- Injuries: Nothing