I am delighted to report that I competed in my first 'official' race today, the London Summer 10k at Regents Park.
I had been looking forward to this for quite a while but I didn't have any real ambition to go out and run flat out, just really looking to enjoy the experience.
That changed from the first time I glanced at my Garmin (after 400m or so) and it showed I was lolloping along at a very sprightly (for me) 5:24/km pace despite not really feeling that I was going fast. Things continued that way until about the 6K mark, I felt like I was running at a pretty manageable pace but the clock said I was going faster than the pace of my 5K PB. At that point, I was conscious of the Sun having popped out from behind the earlier clouds and the last 4K were much harder going physically. I didn't slow down though and finished in a time (chip time) of 54:23 which is just about two minutes faster than my previous PB
To say that I am chuffed is an understatement.
You might recall that I was allocated the number 118 and I did duly purchase and start the race with my mock wig and tash. I found it ridiculously uncomfortable though and felt the need to remove them very early on before flinging them in the general direction of Mrs. Dunder at the end of my first (of three) lap of the park. That was a pity but I really felt like I was in a sauna with the wig.
Mrs. D deleted our pictures by mistake so I will update (or post separately) the pics from the organisers when they are available.
I am now just 7 weeks from my Half Marathon, the training continues to progress quite well and after today, not falling prey to over-confidence might be my biggest challenge.
Linkie to Garmin Connect.