On 02 February 2014 In Running News

ROWING: the importance of Marathon Preparation Races

Three BRATs decided to race in the Eton Dorney 20K run (not row, as Eton Dorney is well known for), to be prepare for the upcoming Reading Half Marathon and Manchester and London Full Marathons.  This was to be an experience that will teach these three musketeers some valuable lessons for these future events, like how to avoid a criminal conviction, why travelling time should be worked out prior to departing for a race and why making the most of toilet stops could prevent a race day disaster!

Lesson Number 1:

Avoid a hard swim set before the race.  Completing one of Debbie Southwood's swim sets the day of a race is best avoided if you want pain free traps (trapezius muscles - ed) during your run, especially when you find you are using your traps in a desperate attempt to get valuable oxygen in to your body.

Lesson Number 2:

Always pay for your fuel once you fill up at a petrol station.  Do not get distracted by the Costa machine and chocolate croissants, because you think carb loading, and the endurance benefits of caffeine are key in a successful run, forgetting you have actually filled up your car.  Paying for your fuel prior to the race also means you can go straight home afterwards and not embarrassingly going back to the petrol station to apologise and pay, looking and feeling very tired.

Lesson Number 3:

Always attempt a poo when the opportunity arises. Otherwise you could find yourself getting caught out and taking a diversion during the run to poo in a rowing club loo – adding 7 minutes and 27 seconds on to your race time.

Lesson Number 4:

Plan your travel. This not only allows you to get to the race course in time to register and warm up (and poo), but also avoid or at least allow time for over turned lorries and heavy traffic.  It also helps if you put the correct post code into your tom-tom in the first instance.

Despite such an awful start to a race that had not yet started there was success for the club.  Karl Welborn managed to finish the race in 1st place fending off second by 2 minutes, and sustaining a pace that was better than he had planned.  Tom Walsh also pulled out an impressive run, narrowly missing out on a podium finish by 4 seconds to finish 4th.  As for the third musketeer, John Ridgway... Well he has taken a liking to the Eton Dorney Rowing Club toilets, except the toilet paper that he was most disappointed with. All in all these lessons have been well and truly learnt, onward and upward to Reading Half and Manchester / London Marathon.

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