Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:21
Inter counties Report. Woke up feeling ill. Nothing too bad but my stomach was aching and gurgling, but I put that down to pre race hypocondria. it should clear by warm up. Quite the opposite, I required 5 pit stops During the warm up alone. It was clear now I was coming down with something but apart from a painful stomach and fear of needling a pit stop during the race I felt ok in the legs.
my original plan was to go hard and early and cling on. I was the worst placed runner for our county so wasn't expected to be a counter So I could gamble in case of a blow up. Gun goes and all plans of a fast start disintegrate, I'm towards the back and I feel awful. First mile and just about everyone has passed me. 2nd mile and I spot my exasperated coach, encouraging me to put some effort in. Im getting slower and it's hurting more. I thinking of pulling out and I'm coasting, but I start to get frustrated and angry and challenge myself to put in a least one hard mile. I go and start over taking people. A 5.38 mile! Riiiiiight! Lets see how long i can keep going.
Im holding the pace and overtake one of my county, and that's when I see a cluster of staffs vests ahead plus seb. I power through holding a decent pace. Overtake seb, and then 3 staffs vests so I'm now 4th counter. I'm buoyant, I'm still hurting but I'm enjoying chasing down another vest. the pa announcer starts talking about the lead runners and a down hill finish so I convince myself this is the last lap and I kick. Overtaking loads. Wrong. I soon realise my mistake when I can't see anyone at the finish line. F***! I ease off the pace and try to get a recovery on. I drop the pace and get overtaken by all the people I had just out kicked. I recover and wait for the firm ground and go again. I raise the pace and start overtaking. i can see another staffs vest and my coach is screaming to kick up the hill to catch him. He had 10m lead going into the hill but I overtook and had a 3 secs lead coming off it. I hold pace and cruise down the hill to cross the line.
176th, in 39.29 exactly same time to the second as last yr. how's that for consistency!
My head was all over the place, gutted I was sick but buzzing I had dug out those last 4 miles. Very happy. Plus I had beaten the vet champ by over a minute who beat me at both the county and midlands vets champs. 3rd counter for my county too.
without going into to much graphic detail my drive home was exciting and I couldnt eat anything until 4pm today.