I have dithered all week about the 10k race today- was I ready - the weather was looking not brilliant. Anyway decided to do it and my lovely generous friend agreed at the last minute to run with me. Quite a small race - just 1 thousand runners split into 10k, half and full marthoners.
Quite an interesting experience - lots of talk about times sub an hour and very fit lithe runners bouncing around doing warm up runs. I just stayed huddled in my coat to the last minute.
I set myself the target of 1 hour 15 mins. I knew i could run 8k - but I had not yet run a 10k. i was not daunted psychologically and I knew I would push myself to finish it. I snapped off the first 5k quite comfortably - although one of the slow runners. It was an undulating course-quite pleasant and very well organised. Just about 6k my legs were starting to feel a bit lead like , but I pushed on - had to stop for a short walk up a long hill - as heart threatened to explode.- a slurp of powerade helped. As we started into the last 2k - I had not a lot left to give - the v fast half marthoners were coming though- mostly men - but they were v generously encouraging us to finish well. The fastest lady came through - to be honest not a spring chicken - but clearly fast!!
The end was quite exciting lots of cheering and clapping - but i was quite pleased to stop and have chip timer cut off.. But still 10k done in 1 hour 19 mins - that feels ok for a first effort.
As a postscript my lovely friend who generously gave her morning up for me - didn't even break sweat - but I was jolly pleased to have her for company. Onward to the next 10k - next weekend - when i will at least achieve 1 hour 15mins.
Hope the other race goers did well today.