Sounds like a tough run, Skinny. Do you think, in hindsight, the opening mile was maybe a little fast?
Cheers for the table update, that's my first silver cell for something to do with running!
Yes! I was looking for 6:20 - 6:25 for first 4 miles and around 40 mins overall but that was without taking any account of the wind. Plus my brain hasn't really got the message at the start of runs that I'm short of training and when it sees people I normally beat it tries to run along with them.
Congratulations on your first running related silver cell.
How did it feel while you were running it, Skinny (apart from annoyingly windy)? And did you beat any small children?
A delayed answer to your question in the form of a race report.
The Cross Border Challenge 10k is one of the few races anywhere in the world that starts in one country and ends in another (according to the blurb) but unfortunately that meant 10k of running straight into the wind. The wind was not as strong as further south but at 10 - 15mph it definitely had an effect.
Notable pre race event was the coach journey from the finish to the start where I was one of last onto my particular coach and there was only one seat left. The guy sitting on it had his knees wide apart so that his outer (from the window) knee was half covering the available seat. 'Is this seat free or are you saving it for someone else?' 'No its free' (plus a confused look as if why was I asking him that). So I perched on the side of the second seat half in the aisle and expected him to draw his knees together so there was room for me to sit normally. Not a twitch so I had to sit like that for the full 6.5 mile journey. I can only think he suffered from elephantitis.
The training requirement was 8 with 4 at 15k to HM pace but I was a little short on miles to the schedule so went 2.5 mile warm up incl strides, 10k, 1m CD.
Race was pretty hard going 6:15, 6:31, 6:33, 6:49, 6:51, 6:55 and 5:48 pace for last 0.22 mile for 41:10 which on a more circular route not into the wind the whole way would have been faster.
Never went to the well (hard to find the route there when you're not trying for a PB) but by 2.5 miles I was making deals with myself about just running the 4 miles as per the training schedule and then slowing down to Easy pace (which I never actually did) and the mile times show that I didn't really last the distance. Anyway a good work out and that's week two completed.
Two years ago on same weekend I ran this race in 41:19 in similar conditions and ran 38:52 in a 10k at end of August and then 1:26:43 in the same October half. That same 10k race is my next race so it will be interesting how the improvement curve matches up this time.
A bit after I'd finished I saw Mr Elephantitis cross the line so I didn't beat any little girls (I did get chicked by the first lady who I ran with to about the 3.5 mile point) but I did beat an incredibly rude man with big bollocks.