today myself and a few others who started out on this forum completed the Birmingham 10 run. According to Strava it was my second fastest 10k in 64:41. I had not run much in April, but a tough Lakeland trail and my increased cycle commuting probably helped keep my fitness and cardio as well as leg strength up.
I really enjoyed the run - I am always worried on the faster road events that I run out of puff, but it was ok
Two things came home to me though:
1) As much as I like the odd faster run, I really like trails better - they're just not as easy to find on my doorstep. the route was not that interesting and I just focused on my running and watching others (I don't usually take music on races).
2) I also thought that I really would have preferred running a bit slower and a bit longer. Funny, as after my trail half in February I was glad to be able to get back to shorter runs. Now I really want to get back to longer and slower ones! I guess variety makes for a more interesting life
My next two events are in June - two trail 10ks in Shropshire and Worcestershire and I look forward to those. I am at present wondering whether to enter a half marathon in Wuppertal, Germany on 3 July. I was going to do a half in Birmingham along the canal that weekend, but will be in Germany with the kids. I'd really love to do an event in Germany and see what it's like. Also with it being a flat road one, I might get a useful half marathon base line for any future marathon (if ever). the times on my trails cannot really be used to predict anything, but this half only has a 5 m difference between minimum and maximum elevation, so it really is flat! Downside is that it's one short and 4 longer (probably 4.5km) loops and if it's a hot summer, there won't be any shade.
Decisions, decisions.....it's "only" 33 Euros (plus about another 35Euros train fare to get there from my home town) and the closing date is not until a week or so beforehand, so I might extend my runs again in May and see how things go.