Posted: 25/08/2016 at 11:52
So in brief, I arrived at the venue at 5.15, before the organisers even got there!
Got myself changed and took my time over my warm up. Saw Muddy, we went for a steadier jog then I made my finals preps including relubing my inner thighs due to the impact of my super short shorts.
We then got called to the start. It was a narow pathway and I was conscious of positioning myself in a fair position. The race started and I was stampeded with people flying past. This led to me upping my pace so as not to have people tutting at me for starting too far forward.
Mile 1 came in at 6.04 and by this point the field had thinned out and I spent the rest of the race slowly overtaking runners. I found myself running during mile 2 with 3rd lady. I knew she was a reasonable runner as she had beaten me narrowly at the Droitwich 10k recently. I considered sitting with her (if I was Skinny I probably would have as it presented rather pleasant viewing) but as we went around the difficult section of the loop, where much of the climbing was, together with a headwind, I could sense her struggling so I pulled in front of her. I expected her to come back later in the race but she never did, finishing some 30 seconds behind me I'd estimate.
The middle miles settled quite a bit coming in at 6.12, 6.16 and 6.16. Mile 5 landed in such a way that it incorporated all the hardest parts of the course and I was feeling a bit tired by then. I knew though that a sub 7mm would see me to a pb. The final 400 metres or so seemed to go on and on and I was in a world of lactate pain and felt like I was barely moving.
Having speculated on the weekend that the vomit days might be behind me, as I got within 50m of the line the desire returned, however I sucked it up and held firm, saving my best for the finish funnel. Mile 5 was 6.27 so not as terrible as it felt, particularly given in terms of profile it was also a hard mile. Time on watch was 31.29 (probably rounded to 31.30) for circa 30 second pb.
I managed to find a sink with hot water to have a wash in before Muddy and I engaged in some highly technical HR talk. Muddy unfortunately declined the opportunity to wash and continued running.