Posted: 12/07/2014 at 10:54
10K BATTERSEA PARK
So this was it. The 11 weeks of training came down to this one race. Well, I say that, I had already broken 40 mins on my test run in June but I still wanted to try and better that if I could.
I was up at 5:30am to get into London in time for the race at 8. I saw Brolish again so it was great to have company for a warmup and to handle those pre-race nerves.
The day hadn't started well. I woke with a massive cramp in my left calf. Oddly this isn't the one I usually have trouble with. Even after stretching I could still feel it but thankfully once the race started it was fine.
Two miles in I was looking good for pace 6:17 and 6:14 but my hamstring (which I'd had trouble with on Tuesday) came back with a vengeance. It was so bad I was genuinely thinking I would have to pull out.
It's funny how the mind works though and I just tried to ignore it to see what happened. Luckily the point of pain moved higher up into the muscle and then eased and I felt much better. After that it was just a mental battle to stay on pace.
Mile 3 was 6:18 but I dropped pace to 6:26 and 6:25 on the next two. Luckily I only had one more to go and put everything into it. Approaching the line I saw the clock at 38:50. 19 seconds for sub 39! Unfortunately that was too far to the finish but I was very pleased to come in on 39:16 - 18 seconds better than the dress rehearsal in June and well under my sub 40 target.
I'm still amazed that this has been possible. Prior to the competition my PB was 42 minutes and everything before that had been quite a bit slower.
It just goes to show that with the right training it can happen. For that I have to thank Steve. Yet again he's done the business for me and I owe him a great debt of thanks.
I'm now hobbling a bit as the hamstring is seizing up. Next stop TR24 and marathon training for York. No rest for the wicked