I had entered myself into the virtual version of the Antwerp Ten Miles Short Run of 6 km which you could run yesterday or today at certain times. You do this with an app and they mentioned you would hear what you would normally see when running in the real race and at which place you were and such. I thought, why not. You also receive a shirt and running belt after the race, so extra goodies. Only not a real medal.
Unfortuntaly they also played music at the same time as they were speaking and I could not understand a word of what was being said. Also my body was not in the mood, because I had done some garden work yestetday and my whole body felt sore. Luckily it did not intervene with the run. Did some warming up to get the most stiffness out of the muscles and that helped.
The weather was cloudy with loads of wind and 7 degrees feeling like 0 degrees. I decided on my winter running pants and a short sleeved summer running shirt with a long sleeved thin winter running shirt over it. And it proved to be a good combination against the cold wind.
Anyhow, I was at my starting spot well before start time, using it for some stretches and warming up. The countdown started and off I went, turning on my watch too.
This weekend we are for the first time this year at our chalet at the coast, so I had the privilege of running in the middle of fields, sheep and cows, my favorite place to run.
That is excluding the wind and LOADS of cyclists. Several times I had to watch out for groups of cyclists, 1 time a group of 30 or so who refused to make room for me because of which I had to jump on the little spot of grass between the road and the creek.
Besides them asocial cyclists, all went well. I do think I started a tad too fast and was also running a bit faster than normal. But at about 2 km I turned at the cemetary and got 2 to 3 km of very strong wind to battle against. At some moments I felt as if I was standing still!
Luckily somewhere between 4 and 5 km the wind slowed down a bit and running was fun again.
My watch suddenly said I passed the 6 km, but the app was still at 5,8 km. When the app said I had finished the 6 km, my Garmin showed 6,13 km. Who is right and who is wrong?
Anyhow, I finished 39 of 46 people who chose the same starting time, so I was not the last one!
Now I take 2 days rest. Between the garden work yesterday and the run today, I think I will have to crawl around tomorrow...