Today I was racing at Bedfordshire County Champs and I was competing in the 800m and 400m. A step down in distance from last year where I did the 3000m, 800m and 1500m, but that’s because I’ve been working more on my speed over the shorter distances recently. I’m feeling in good shape to pb in both races today – well, maybe not the 400m if the 800m goes really well (and my legs are shattered afterwards), but I’ll see how I feel!

Somehow I managed to mess up the date of the county champs and I thought it was on Sunday instead of Saturday – I only realised on Friday morning that it was on Saturday which was a silly mistake on my end. The weather was pretty good today apart from the wind which blew hard on the back straight.

Bedfordshire County Champs 2019

Race 1 – 800m

My target for the 800m was to run a pb and sub 2:10 if possible, however, I was disappointed to find out that I was the only male to show up for my race which resulted in me essentially running a solo time trial. I was put in a race with two other women so that I wouldn’t be running alone. The first lap was a bit slower than I wanted in 65.47 seconds, I hit 600m at around 1:40 and tried to push, finishing in 2:14.68.

Race 2 – 400m

2 and a half hours later I had my 400m. I didn’t quite have my head in the right mindset after the 800m and it was still windy from before. At least in this race there were 7 of us running. I tried to run hard for the first 100m, cruise along the back straight and pick it up again in the final 200m, finishing in 60.58 seconds. I didn’t think it would be that quick and thought it was more likely to be around 62 seconds. I finished last, but grabbed myself a pb (my previous best was 60.59 seconds)!

Final Thoughts

I didn’t manage to perform as well as I wanted to, but I’m not going to think too much about the 800m since I was running it alone the whole way and it was windy. I’m surprised I managed to pb in the 400m since I actually felt slower so I’m looking forward to hopefully running sub 60 seconds soon! A race update is down below for you to watch if you’d like!

Did you race at your county champs this weekend? How did it go?