A few weeks ago I was invited to run the Vitality 10K with Will Lucas, and some of our other colleagues at work for a fab charity ‘Lessons for Life’. With the Yateley series already booked in the diary, I thought now was probably a good time to run an actual 10K. My previous PB’s have always been within longer runs – I’ve never actually set out to run a ’10K’.
So there wasn’t really much prep for this. After a few mentally painful few weeks post-London Marathon/MK Half Marathon, I’ve been really struggling with my confidence running – my legs haven’t been working, I’ve been getting tired running a slow pace (for me) on a club run, and basically everything went downhill! So I just went with the flow, I just wanted to get out and see what a 10K felt like and what I might be capable of on any average day.
Monday was no average day! It was incredibly humid, with little to no breeze. They weren’t handing out water before the race, so my planned pre-run gel to get my legs moving went out the window.
Nine minutes after the starting gun I made it over the line. I started out at what I felt was a good pace, to look down at my watch to see a 9 minute mile! I was just thinking to myself to stick with it and keep going, I’ll deal with the exhaustion later!
To be honest I can’t actually remember anything about the race or the sights – I seem to get tunnel vision when I run, and it astonishes me reading everyone’s reports where they can pin point the mile they were on when something happened, or they saw a sight – I have no clue, I was just running through some very hot buildings, no sight seeing for me! I do however remember looking at my watch on my 5th mile, when I was ready to keel over, be sick and pass out with heat exhaustion! I decided to give myself a break and work my way to a slow jog, and a short walk to recuperate. A minute or two later and I was back on track, the sick feeling had passed, and I decided to use my water to give myself mini showers throughout the last mile.
I’m really pleased with how the run went for me given the conditions. I managed to slice almost two minutes off my previous 10K time – my new PB being 55:36. A good strong pace for me is usually around the 9-9:30- minute mile, so keeping under a 9 minute mile for 10K is amazing! I also amazed myself, and minus my disastrous 5th mile, I managed some negative splits for the first time! I’m really excited to see what I can do once I’m fully back up and running!