We all ended up smashing it. I got a pb and a copper standard and it was one of my favourite races.
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|Hale 5 route|
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|Hale 5 medal|
I have to say that now that days are getting warmer I'm starting to remember why I love my Fitsip. I always burn up very quickly during races and so have to throw water over my head. This isn't an issue on races that are 10k or over as they always have a water station but races uner 6 miles are not required to provide water during the race. Having the Fitsip and being able to sip water throughout the race stops me burning up so much and because of it I could hold a conversation through most of the race. This made it a lot easier to try and pace Claire and Ali. the Fitsip really works for me on shorter races and i would have struggled without it. I just wish there wasn't so much excess material in it cos then it wouldn't make my arm so warm (I reviewed the Fitsip last year if you want to read the full review).
There's probably many people who will tell me that I shouldn't have raced so hard the week before a marathon but my main concern was having a good race. If I was happy with how I ran and enjoyed it then I figured I'd be going into the final count down to Brighton with a positive attitude rather than stressing. I loved every second of today and I think I could have even pushed myself harder so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. Running with a team of lovely ladies made it a pleasure and the pb and second copper standard (only need one more for a trophy now) just made it even better. I'm feeling ready for Brighton now. Bring on the 26.2!