Tees Barrage 10K
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
We were very lucky to have such a lovely day for the race today, bright and sunny but not too hot with just enough breeze to stay comfortable. I ran the first couple of kms without walking then did 3 mins run, 40 secs walk. This is what I have used in my last few runs and it worked well. As this is a riverside run, it is very flat. Apart from running up and over a couple of bridges, there are no steep sections to interfere with my timings.
The field is limited to 500 entrants and I think the total number of runners was 436 on the day. Not surprisingly, I was near the back of the field! The first man to finish did so in a time of 33:29, the first lady at 40:22 and I came in under the hour....just.... which was my goal, at 59:32. I was pleased to be able to pass a few runners in the last kilometre including two men at about 200 metres from the finish who shouted lots of encouragement on my sprint finish, much appreciated.
I did feel stronger than my last 10K and was a lot more aware of my form than in previous races; I tried to use the advice Jeff gives on the mental focus when running but should have re-read that chapter before the race and not afterwards. My knee and Achilles felt fine during the run although my knee has felt rather tight since; wearing shoes a size bigger has been one of my best decisions with no foot issues whatsoever.
My youngest daughter was at the finish to meet me with drinks and a chocolate bar and did take some photographs, most not very flattering at all, but I will try and find one to put on my page!
A few hours later found me tentatively thinking about the possibility of trying a half marathon later in the year, never say never.........