My Ealing Half Marathon
I started my race from the back following Dave (Pacer 2:30), as I have not trained for this and it was my first half marathon. I have participated last year as a Marshall, but I was posted at the beginning of the race, so I have had very little idea of what to expect. As usual my old friends from Ealing Eagles where involved in most of all the organising bits of the race, some of them as marshall , while other where taking part in the race as pacers.
I think the start was slightly delayed, or it seemed like that to those waiting at behind the Pacers 2:30. Most of us at our first half marathon, worrying more of finishing the race than focusing on the actual timing. Forget to mention that this edition had more then 6500 people at the start, 1000 more the 2014 one.
Anyway let me get back to the actual race. I started at a slow pace keeping up with the 2:30 Pacers’ group, I’ve had to give up on my phone passing it to my wife while passing around my house. After that I felt like I could increase my pace, so I started chasing. Sooner then I was expected I was going to find myself behind 2:20 Pacer Group. At that stage I was enjoying so and felt no pain yet. No idea that the hard bit was about to come later on.
With the 2:20 group already behind me I went pushing myself harder, as most people in front of me were going at slower pace then I was. By then I was already passing 10 km, and I was feeling slight pain in my legs, as I was not fully recovered from a football enjury. However I was keen on going after Pacer 2:10, as I felt that I might aim to finish in less then two hours. Had no idea that my left was going to let me down later on.
After sometime I have finally managed to catch the 2:10 group, I pushed even harder towards the 2:10 flag , took me a while but I have made it, unfortunnaly the pain was going stronger and stronger. At some point it was so bad that I was tempted of giving up, but after you have already run more then 10 miles, would be a shame to put and end to all those efforts. I might have annoyed some of the racers as I was letting out strange sounds.
I did wonder if the guy who draw the race map, really run through it as some of the hills proved to be a bit stip. I also think that the race could use a few more water stations. By the way I think I was the most wet athlete in the race as I end up throwing most of the water on my head and face, while I was trying to hydrate myself as much as possible.
After some real struggle I started loosing time and tempo, as I my left knee decided it had enough. That leaves a serious question mark on any attempt of doing the London marathon one day. I finished the race dragging my body towards the finish line.
At the end I was happy that I achieved my goal to pass the finish line, but somehow disappointed that I did not finish in less then 2 hours. (just for the number lovers I have finished 3431, with the personal time of 02:07:57. After all it was a painful pleasure to have run ‘The Best Half Marathon“.
She has 85 years and ran 66 marathons
Run a marathon, he goes and takes grandson from school, read books love, give medical advice, and Constanta takes care of pensioners has “only” 85 years old, as he likes to say themselves. It is optimistic, cheerful and always with a kind word for those she encounters. Do not complain about anything and is considered a lucky can help others to live and that he “third age, the second childhood”.
Veronica Negreanu, because it is the right, was a doctor by profession, but still has patients who visit them, consults and advises how to care for their health. “Without health, nothing is, but health should be preserved,” says the doctor, with a special gleam in his eye. It is obvious that he loves his job and does not hesitate to help someone sick.
In the morning I visited the County Pensioners’ Union, was less than ten o’clock and already had a ride on the Department of Geriatrics County Hospital, where they provide support to elderly patients. Five minutes already dealing with another spouse of a pensioner who came to him for help. When he heard that the man has Alzheimer’s, immediately he asked to see him and went out on the terrace to talk with him.
“Old age, the second childhood”
“May we talk with them, viewed, May comforted them, that people should be helped to overcome sickness and trouble. We are now in their third, second childhood, “the doctor told us. The first advice we give is to do physical exercise. “Through physical activity, walking, the body feels better. If the stay is anchilozează wrists, but by walking, activates circulation and eliminates cramps in the calves, “Mrs. Negreanu teaches.
She herself would recommend an extremely active life. For years he did not disappoint any marathon or cross. Recently added to a cup of record and Chestnut Festival, Baia Mare. He discovered this passion thanks to Professor Traian Petcu, himself a participant in marathons, despite having just turned 91 years old. “When I was in business at various congresses and conferences, had called the professor to delight in physical activities, to be healthy.
Then when I retired in 1990, he was a Balkan cross in Mamaia, and took me. I ran and took first place. Since then, I have reached the 66th cross diplomas and cups, the desire to be elderly. By ity active physical life go on. Outdoor Life is pure health, “says enthusiastically Mrs. Negreanu.
“I have not even taken an aspirin!”