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I just ran in a 10km event with Mo Farah - he beat me!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

emoticon Of course he did!! As I was crossing the finish line, he was receiving his trophy for coming first, but at least I got to see the Olympic 10km champion in the flesh and know that I ran in a race that he was competing in.

He finished the course in 29 minutes. I finished in 47.44. It still astounds me that people are doing a 10km course at double the speed I am - how do they do it?

I'm very happy, though. I achieved a new personal best and I managed that without runkeeper telling me how fast I was going (it stopped working for some reason and kept informing me that I had completed 0.00km in 0.00 seconds - very unmotivating!!)

My IT band started hurting at the 8km mark. I realise now that this was probably because I was going much faster than I usually do (Training is about 5.30mins/km; races are usually about 5mins/km). I need to start taking my strength training more seriously, especially with me starting to increase my mileage. The pain is not so bad now, and I know it will be gone in the morning, but it's enough of a warning light for me as it has started playing up quite a bit towards the end of my runs and my training has been quite steady and good over the last few months. I have no races coming up - but I am thinking of signing up for a 15km in July as prep for the half marathon I would like to do in September. This means I can take time to train properly - and include the strength training that I really don't do enough of!!

I'm reading 'Running with the Kenyans' by Adharanand Finn at the moment. In the most recent chapter I read he describes how before he heads off for a run he never thinks it's a good idea. He then goes on to say how it's only after the run that he understands why it's a good idea!! I really related to that comment. The big discipline for me at the moment is getting my running shoes on and out the door, but once I'm home I feel so fantastic - even if it's been a hard run, or I'm aching a little bit - that I know why I have to keep doing it. I certainly feel that way this evening.

So, onwards and upwards!! Let's see if I can manage this mileage increase well.
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  • no profile photo CD301320
    2627 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing your awesome accomplishment!
    2629 days ago
    No matter how fast you run, someone is always running faster . . . even if his name isn't Mo Farah. 47:44 is a respectable 10K time for us recreational runners.

    I guess I'm not going to be competitive with the Kenyans, because I rarely think a run is a bad idea when I start. Sometimes I think so afterwards, but I'm working on that.
    2629 days ago
    Congrats to the 10K, you ran an awesome time, even if Mo Farah was somewhat faster!
    2629 days ago
    That is so cool that you got to see him and run in a race with him. I've run a few 5ks the last couple years and now I'm working towards maybe a 10k soon.

    I also start out thinking "this is a bad idea" but feel incredible when I finish.

    Thanks for sharing your day!

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