In a way it's good because it'll fuel my training for a faster time. The only thing that kept me going in the later miles yesterday was the thought that if I stopped then I wouldn't have improved on last year.
I think it's just "banter" which is of course a by-word for acceptable bullying. I notice neither of the commentors have sponsored me either. No loss.
Thanks everyone, guess I'm still a bit exhausted and emotional. I only started running in 2010 and that was to train for the 2011 Brighton Marathon, and then the VLM this year. I've only ever done 10ks as part of marathon training so they've been around the hour mark. I've always been a slow runner!
I've looked at my splits for yesterday and I started off at 12min/mile and held that until mile 15, slowed to 13min/mile until 24, dropped to 14min/mile for that mile, and then back to 12min/mile for the finish. At points I was running at a fast walking pace but because I'm stubborn and said I wanted to run the whole way I kept at it.
Next mission is faster 5 and 10km times, a fast half marathon and then a fast marathon. Probably the order I should have done things in the first place!