For those of you not from the North east or who don't know about the Blaydon races get googling for our Northern anthem As per the old song, there is a road race that takes in the same route every year on the 9th of June (5.7 miles worth). Now for what I really need to share!
You may remember my posts of late being about the struggle to get back into running after my wedding and honeymoon and I was seriously expecting this to be slower than last year after my struggles getting back on track, slow runs, no pb's for months and lack of training compared to last year (and a smidgen more podge). Well anyway not far in and I realised I was in the 10min per mile range which is crazy fast for me (was expecting 11:30 with 11 as a stretch goal) 1st mile beeped, 10:27, feel ok, decide to try and keep it up.....mile 2 10:38 bit slower but still on course to do ok, mile 3 10:20....booming eck I'm on fire here! Mile 4 some not so good news.....I'm slowing 11:00min per mile.....mile 5 10:58.....I know there is only 0.7 miles to go but it's really hard and I still have another flyover to go up.....stop to walk for a few strides, make the most of the downhill to up my pace then it's slightly up hill to the finish line.....another couple of stops and starts and then I can see it and 0.15miles to go I put on some pace, pass some people and cross the line! Garmin says I've done better than last year and the results support this. Last years chip time 1:03:17....this years 1:01:05....unbelievably happy. Now I just need some more faith in being able to do it!
Perhaps more training isn't always everything. This run felt good (well perhaps up until about 4.5miles in when it started to hurt). I now know I can go quicker than I think I can so will have to push myself more when required. 2mins 13 secs off is not to be sniffed at and I'm over the moon happy.....which is why I had to post!
Oh and so glad the race was delayed due to roads not being clear as the garmin took 15mins to find a signal and I started it 5mins before the race
P.s. Photo is of me at the finish, same style as last year. Hairs a bit wet from pouring water over myself at the water station.......not my best shot but not looking too shabby.
Happy running folks!