My Rogue Race was the Worcester Half a Marathon in 2012. I’ve already blogged about it here. The Rogue Race happened after a shocking lack of planning and preparation (I didn’t decide to do it until the night before and it was 120 miles away from where I live. To warm up, I stood in a freezing country lane for half an hour). 1:49:09 might not be much of a big deal in many runners’ schemes of thinking but it’s haunted me ever since. I tend to use this time as a yardstick to measure every running-related thing I’ve subsequently tried to achieve and so far, it’s always led to disappointment.
7 months after the Rogue Race, I did another half marathon, one I’d chosen because it was reported to be generally flat with a downhill finish. I’d trained for this event specifically and quietly hoped to improve on my best ever time. I finished the race over 3 minutes slower than the Rogue Race.
To really rub it in, I put the Rogue Run time into Runner’s World Race Time Predictor calculator to see how fast I should be able to do a range of other distances in and then see how I might fare if the Rogue Race was not a freak one off. This what I found:
|Distance||Rogue Race Predicted Time||Bog Standard Actual Time|
“Bog standard” clearly needs to buck it’s ideas up.
So what next – will the Rogue Run be a motivator or a weight around my neck? It’s kind of putting me off committing to another half marathon next month but I’m slowly talking myself into it. Using the Rogue Race pace I accidentally beat my 5 mile PB during a training run last Saturday. It wasn’t easy but I felt like progress. However, the thought of keeping that going for another 8 miles was pretty much out of the question.
Have you ever run a Rogue Race? Have you slowly come to terms with it being your one, never to be repeated moment of glory? Or did it spur you on, eventually turning it into just another Run-of-the-Mill race?