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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.........
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    emoticon job. I have yet to run a 10K, but my goal is this summer.
    2910 days ago
    I am impressed! Always good to analyze, notice your improvements and where you've made good decisions (bigger shoes, etc) and feel good about it! Good for you!
    2911 days ago
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    You did REALLY well!! I cannot run a 10K in under and hour when running the whole time, so for sure, you need to do a half!

    Sorry this comment is so late, I have been traveling again.

    2914 days ago
  • FRANCO1230
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    ...and I TOTALLY think you should go for the 1/2 marathon!!!
    2917 days ago
    Congratulations on a great race and time. I'm a fan of Galloway too. A 10K under 1 hour is a goal of mine. Good job.
    2918 days ago
    Great job! I love the Galloway training plan. I haven't read his books but I have them on my book list and will get them and read them ASAP. His website gives a lot of info but I'm sure that I'd get much more out of it if I'd read his books. I'm kicking around the thought of running a half-marathon this fall. We have one in Omaha on Sept 22nd of this year but the area is pretty hilly and that is somewhat intimidating. I love your time - under an hour is fantastic!!
    2919 days ago
    Wow, a 10K in under an hour is awesome!
    Totally go for a half marathon or even a full marathon. Time doesn't matter so much, just do it!
    2919 days ago
    Well done, looking forward to the photo ! be proud you did great under the hour I am well impressed.
    2920 days ago
    Great race! emoticon
    2920 days ago
    Impressive! Good for you!
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    Hey, you did great! I dream of a 10K under an hour, lol. Super glad the knee and achilles did not give you problems. From your description it sounds like a pretty run, too. Glad you did it...and that half-marathon? It's something to keep in mind. Gosh, what is it about races that make you want to do more? emoticon
    2920 days ago
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