Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:51
ready to post again after the trauma of Poacher's pic . . . .
great family running by the Lorenzos, capped by splendid 1500m time by junior
another fine week from Gul
Badbark - congrats on podium, and excellent report
VtR - welcome back
brilliant WAVA, OO --
meanwhile, I competed for the first time since VLM (other than parkrun) - here's a version of the report I did for my Saturday group -
Newark 10K - friend round for dinner on Sat night meant sleep didn't arrive until 2am, and was fitful due to wine and beer intake . Also, my daughter was in town, and asked me if I could pick her up on Sunday morn & drive to her boyfriend's. As a loving dad, how could I refuse?
So, not the ideal preparation; anyhow I arrived at the Newark Rugby club venue 30 mins before the start - later than I prefer - picked up my number, did a bit of faffing, and just had 10 mins warm up - some jogging & a few strides.
Lined up with mouth a bit dry and legs feeling weary after Saturday's 12 miler.
As always though, I was going to give it my best shot. Off we went, down one side of the rugby field and out onto the mainly rural roads. Went through 1K in 4:15, so 42:30 pace, which in my current (crap) form was too fast. Decided to not look at my watch until 5K, and just pressed on. By 3K the voices had started - you know the ones - but I put them to one side, although I was thinking "this is hell" ! 5K arrived in bang on 22 mins (my parkrun last week was 21:58), and the thought of another 5K feeling like I did was, well, hell - but kept pushing; on up the only hill between 6 & 7 K, but on the incline I passed 2 or 3 runners (I guess the benefits of training around my locale) and as the course flattened off I actually began to feel better mentally, so tried to keep going as hard as I could. Around 8K I was passed by a runner whom I had been racing close to earlier, and she got a gap of around 20/30 metres, but this helped during the tough penultimate K, as I didn't want the invisible tow-rope to break. By 9K I was back alongside, and we were shoulder to shoulder (this is the part of racing I like - sometimes you prevail, sometimes not, but it always helps) - I decided to make my last effort with about a half K left, but I soon realised I misjudged, as the haze of pain descended with (what seemed) a few hundred metres left. Anyway, I somehow managed to prevail by 2 seconds, to cross the line in official time of 44:34 .
On the one hand I was happy enough with this - a minute quicker than last year, and the preparation not the best.
On the other hand, the pace of 7:10 is 20 seconds/mile slower than my half marathon pace back in March.
I'm getting slower in inverse proportion to my intake of alcohol, cakes, and biscuits since the London Marathon !
Only 3rd V60 as well - the winner was 42:29 ; although the "old git" entry was a reasonable standard - 5 runners sub 45 min.
60th overall from 308 finishers. WAVA 73.5%
ps (or maybe should be a footnote) - was limping quite badly the rest of the day from my ongoing foot problem.
I'd recommend the race - plenty of free parking, changing and showers, decent technical t-shirt - all for £14.00 (just a shame 10K is such a painful distance) !