Today was the day of, much waited for, much trained for, much blogged about Bupa 10k.
I met up with fellow bloggers fortnightflo, abradypus, oldbagrunning, runorgocrazy and fairweatherrunner and after intake of caffeine/water/bananas/malt loaf we set off to Green Park and then on to the start. Giselle (runorgocrazy) gave up her elite red start to join me in blue and I was very grateful for her company prior to the start and for the first 3km where she helped me set a sub 9 min mile pace. Thanks Giselle. The crowd at times were a little quiet on the way out (not for long!) but on the way back along the never-ending (feeling of deja vu from London marathons) embankment they were extremely NOISY. I was feeling not too bad until the last 2k and my pace started dropping and no matter how hard I tried I could not pick up any speed, it was as though some was pulling me backwards as I was striving to go forwards! As we headed up to Nelson’s column the heat really hit me (BBC weather forecast wrong yet again!) and down The Mall the tank was well and truly empty (no tiger) and I was glad to get to the finish line but disappointed that I did not get near my target finish time.
Met up with the girls at the end and swapped race tails before heading off for a drink with my Dad who was down to watch the race walk taking place at 4pm another practise for London 2012. It was nice to spend time with just him, something rare these days.
Paula is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying her run today was a disaster, well least I dont feel mine was that bad after all I did finish! Trying to put things in a more positive slant, yes I did not get the time I wanted but that is what the next 10 k is for, right? As this is my first timed 10k it is a PB and as its not a very fast one should be easy to beat, hopefully. Every cloud. Really enjoyed seeing/meeting everyone and look forward to Juneathon!
Something for my running CV ‘I ran past Paula Radcliffe’-ok so she was going the other direction heading home leaving me to my next 8 k, but I still ran past her!
(Off to find a chipped 10k at the end of June, I wont let it beat me!)