So after 35 training runs covering 260miles, I ran the Reading Half in near perfect conditions and hit my target time of 1:30:00 ... I'm really chuffed.
My race mantra was "Pain is your friend" and "I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering". It worked for me!
However, had I been 1 second faster it would have been sub 1:30 and that feels like a whole different level.
Here then is the paradox of running - I ran 3mins 40 seconds faster than my previous best & achieved my target, and still it isn't quite enough... hmmm
That said, Liz, Joshua, Lucy & Zoe ran the Green Park Challenge beforehand and our son came in 17th out of 1200, which has no such bitter/sweet aftertaste.