It was one of my New Year’s resolutions, and today I ticked it off the list – run, and finish, a 10k race.
In hindsight, picking a race that was consistently uphill for the second half was a terribly bright choice, but I can hold my head up high with some personal stats:
- completion in 59’53” – not bad for a hilly course
- first three miles in 27″15 – well, it was downhill
- race position #260 out of 363 finishers (and approximately 450 registered starters – so 87 no-shows or gave up)
- the last race I did was in 1995 – 10k in 57″30′ and that was totally flat – so I’m not too concerned about being two minutes slower
I’ve also learned a few things which I’ll put into play next time (yes, I think there will be a next time!):
- I would have been better off with a protein bar ahead of the race than a protein shake – six miles of sloshing around wasn’t the best
- I really must try to go at a consistent speed – the first half of the run was too fast and hampered me on the way back
- I should carry something to drink – I’m pretty sure I needed a slurp around the 7km mark and had to wait until I’d finished
But, all things considered, I had a good run and I clocked a time I’m happy with – and one I can improve.
Any suggestions, running hints, or race tactics always welcome.