Blimey, training marathon run on a treadmill, long runs in bad weather and some racing thrown in, good day on here today! Well done to everyone.
Exactly like Jools, I went out today with the intention of doing 20, but binned it in favour of 17 because the wind was completely ridiculous. After just over 2 hours I'd had enough. In fact I'd had enough some time before that, being honest.That's the first time in a very long time where I've really felt like stopping and just walking back home. I didn't though.
Muss, I live in North Hertfordshire, so Stanwick is just over 35 miles away. The kids always enjoy the park though, so it's worth the trip. Cambourne is a bit nearer and quicker to get to.
Muss! Yes that was me. I honestly didn't think there would be any other fredders there! Was that you who joined me in swearing at that particularly strong gust of wind then? Congratulations on the win and enjoy the headphones and cheesy medal! The course was defo short but hey, we both won!
Afternoon all! Race report from my low-key 10K at Stanwick Lakes follows.
Conditions were not the best. The wind was gusting up to 20mph so I revised my expectations somewhat and decided 37:xx would be fine (previous pb 39:12).There were HM, 10K and 5K races being run. 5K was 1 lap of the lakes, 10K 2 laps, and HM branched off after a mile for an out and back section as part of 2 longer laps. Starts were staggered to avoid congestion and it seemed to work so fair play. At the off, 3 of us went together and were soon ahead of the pack. After a much too fast first 200m I reigned myself in and we 3 went through 1K in 3:42. Not long after, one of the guys began to slow and I passed him, so then we were 2. Next km was 3:45 and not long after, my remaining buddy also began to slow. As I passed him he gave me some encouragement but it was clear he wasn't going to come with. So at that point I concluded that (a) I would be doing 7.5k on my own and (b) barring misfortune I was going to win! 3K and 4K were where the winds really bit and combined with a slight incline resulted in 3:51 and 3:50 splits. 5K was back on track at 3:42 but as I passed the start/finish around 4.9K, I realized the course was a tad short according to my Garmin. 6K and 7K were similar to lap 1, 3:42 and 3:44. Towards the end of this stretch I met up with two faster HM runners who were coming round for their second lap so at least I had some company. It didn't help though, and the wind seemed even worse, resulting in shocking splits off 3:59 and 4:01 for 8K and 9K. I passed both the HM runners in the final "K" which turned out to be about 850m according to my Garmin, and my split was 3:07, resulting in a time of 37:23. Clearly not accurate, but I reckon still sub 38 had I ran the extra 150m.
Got a pair of wireless headphones and a fancy "gold" medal to show for my efforts
Next race is the Cambridge Cambourne 10K in 2 weeks which is a UKA race so I expect I will have more of an incentive to race with runners around me.
Red Lion it is then! Since this is my first VMLM, is the pub already rammed by the time sub-3 runners get there? I'm bringing family along, so may need to pre-warn them, and/or get them there early if they want seats!