HUSAM’S MARATHON: FINAL COUNTDOWN
With the Venice Marathon this Sunday 26th October, Clinic Director Husam ran his last race in preparation on Sunday 12th October.
The Kingston Run Challenge, a half marathon, is a two lap race, run along the river and through the streets of Surbiton and Kingston.
After nearly two weeks off running due to sickness, this was a race of two halves for Husam. The first lap went really well – Husam was able to maintain a strong steady pace throughout. However, on the second lap, 8 miles through the race, he started to slow down, tiredness crept in and he struggled to finish.
While this struggle was due to a lack of preparation as he was ill in the days leading up to the race, this was also partly due to the race itself. Running on the pavement, having to dodge traffic, other pedestrians and cyclists can really slow you down as it creates a stop-start rhythm that can make it difficult to get into the flow.