Sheffield Half Marathon blog: Part 5 - training finally paying off

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Sheffield Star reporter Lee Peace is taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday, April 9, and will be bringing you regular updates on how training is going. Feel free to share your training stories on the Star's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Training this year has been a bit of a slow burn. It took me a good few weeks to get into my stride.

Sheffield Star reporter Lee Peace.

Sheffield Star reporter Lee Peace.

This is my sixth year tackling the 13.2 mile distance and usually by this stage I've been a little further along on in my training. A mixture of obstacles, including a slight ankle injury earlier this year and indulging oneself too much on a week's holiday in Spain have contributed to this.

However, over the last couple of weeks I finally feel as though I'm making progress. A few lengthly runs with the race on the horizon have done me the world of good.

I got up early the last two Saturday mornings to tackle nine mile runs from the bottom of Endlciffe Park to the Norfolk Arms on the edge of the Peak District and back. Follow the Sheffield Round Walk route and the views over the city are incredible. There are a few hidden gems too, including a 10ft high waterfall nestled at the side of a long path between farmer's fields.

Judging by the number of runners joining me on the route, it looks as there are many others on the last push before the race in about two weeks' time. Just need to get a couple more nine or 10 milers in and then it's race time.

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