So folks. How is everyone this lazy bank holiday Monday.
Canter - did you run the Bupa 10k today ?
I decided at about 8.30 that I might as well do it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Having being away last Sunday morning with the marathon, the OH was not best pleased with me going out again but assured her I would be home by 11.30. Advantage of living a few miles out from the centre of the metropolis I guess.
Left the house just after 9 and got to Green park, next to Buck Palace at about 9.30.
There were still plenty of people arriving even at this late hour.
Dropped my bag in the luggage area and headed for the start line.
They do stagger the start so it is always important to be near (but not too near) the front. I was in the second wave to go.
The sun made an appearance right on cue just before 10am.
The course this year was altered from the last few times I have done this. I would say that this was ever so slightly faster but it did have a few twists and turns as we made our way around the Bank of England.
I set off out down the Mall slightly faster than I wanted to. I figured that a steady 7 - 7:15 per mile would be doable so I eased back and finished the first mile in 7:10mins.
Down the Strand and around Aldwych before heading up Chancery Lane to High Holborn. Slight incline here. Down to St Pauls. Mile 2 in 7:13 mins. The leaders passed us on the return around this point. There was me thinking that I was going strong and they must have been nearly on 4 miles !!
Pushed on towards Bank, round the back of the Bank of England. Mile 3 7:03 mins.
My legs were holding up although I knew that the marathon was still in them. They were not as free as they should have been.
Back towards High Holborn and this was the mile that I pushed on a little determined to keep this pace going to the end. Mile 4 in 6:53 mins.
Mile 5 was a case of hanging onto what I had a digging a little deeper as we came back along the Strand. 7:09 mins.
Back to Trafalgar Square, down towards Westminster and turned right to come along Birdcage Walk. I felt good but would not say that I had a lot left in the tank.
Hit the 400m to go mark and was glad of it. Wanted to pick the pace up but could not really do very much more than I was doing.
Mile 6 in 6:48mins.
200m to go and came round the bend to the finish line which was right in front of the palace this year. 100m to go. Slight acceleration but not as much as I wanted.
Crossed the finish line and according to my watch covered the last 0.35miles at 6:25 min/mile pace.
Overall 44:28. Measured slightly long according to my garmin but who cares.
It is a sub 45 mins for the 10k which I will take.
New PB knocking nearly 2 mins off my previous best at this distance which was at the same event last year.
So really pleased that I ran it. Legs are a little stiff but not too bad really. They know they had a bit of a workout today.
I would never have thought that I could run a fast race like this so soon after running a marathon. Guess I am in slightly better shape than I thought.
Certainly tells me that my level of running fitness has increased dramatically this year from where it was and that I need to maintain it there now over the next 4- 6 weeks before marathon training starts all over again.
Going to celebrate with a meal out with the family tonight.
Ali - you should listen to your mum. She is wise !! My garmin normally measures slightly long but last weekend was the first time it came up slightly short. Nothing you can do as the race is set up and your are told it is 26.2 miles or it is 10k. If it is an accredited race then you have got to take your PB. It is also official and can be verified as it is on a website. So I say take it and savour the moment. Just shows how well you have recovered post your marathon exploits.
Nell - I hear you. I will decide in the morning if I will pop into town and run the 10k. I felt quite comfortable yesterday doing a very east 4 miles. I know I can do the distance. Do not think I can race it and will just need to be very sensible if I do do it as I need to let the body recover.
And yes I think that 12 weeks properly planned with a good base going into it should be enough.
Hopefully your foot will behave and allow you have a decent run out next weekend. But you have done fantastically well in London and getting round without doing further damage to your foot would be a good outcome.
Went for my first run post marathon earlier this morning. It was glorious then, raining now. Much be a bank holiday weekend.
4 miles at easy pace : 8:49; 8:51; 8:29 and 8:01 and threw some hills in there for good measure.
So should I run my 10k race on Monday ? I cannot see myself getting close to sub 45mins but the Bupa 10k in London is a great experience. Not sure the legs will turn over fast enough and also need to be careful I do not pick up an injury.
Will - one week to go. Feeling excited ? nervous anticipation ?
Nell - I hear you about paying money for a race and not doing it. Need to explain that to my OH. Seems like you are getting into the groove and are coming strong. You might find that the couple of weeks that you had off will benefit you in a weeks time.
Not sure that I will do Richmond again. I would love to beat that course and get sub 3:30 but that is a big ask.
Yes looking forward to Chicago. Need to think about the length of training plan I go for. I am leaning towards a focused 12 week plan but that needs me to get my weekly mileage back up to 40 miles in advance. Going to ease myself back into weekly running