Eight hours later and I think I'm just coming back down to earth (with a mighty bump as I'm knackered). Today I entered my second 10K race almost 6 months after my first in October - after which I was side-lined for 10 weeks with an IT band injury.
Today's race started from the Glenlivet distillery, situated among the Braes of Glenlivet. That name tells you about the nature of the course (for those who don't know 'braes' = hills!)
For weeks I've been thinking about the course and especially about what they call a 'steady incline' - a 100m ascent over 2km. Plus there is another 100m ascent throughout the course. I've been very slowly plodding up a similar gradient on one of my local running routes. All this training didn't make the hill, sorry steady incline, easy, but made it just about runnable. That, and a rather fast first kilometre when I was shooting downhill at speed, really made the rest of the run pretty tough. I felt at my worst struggling up another incline at kilometre 7, when I glanced at my watch and realised the fastest runners would now be sitting inside enjoying a cuppa!
I didn't look at my watch again until km 9 - it read 55-something minutes. Oh my, much as I would have loved to do a 10K in an hour, I knew I couldn't run one kilometre in five minutes.
Still, I got a new 10K PB by finishing just over the hour. The time from my race chip is 1:00:44 I'm happy with that
I was glad I'd braved to just wear a t-shirt and shorts despite it only being 10°C and raining when I started. I felt really uncomfortably hot running and think I'll need to get a running vest.
After the race I felt really strange: a mixture of runner's high - I couldn't keep still and was fidgeting about (probably still the adrenaline) - and cold and clammy and wanting to collapse. But we (DH and DS were my supporters/photographers) hung around for the prize-giving, then once I'd changed in the car, I felt better. We decided to go on a guided tour of the distillery since we were there and I enjoyed a wee dram of the stuff at the end of the tour! We also got miniatures of The Glenlivet 12 year old single malt in our goody bags. As in the photo above.
Like the previous event, this was organised by the charity Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland and again like the previous one they announced that they'd made over £11,000 from registration fees and donations, plus the same again from sponsorship.