Posted: Today at 13:37
Big G - LOl at you trying to get out of a childrens party. I have been up since 3am this morning with a vomiting child (He seems fine now) but think that is preferable to any form of entertainment involving lots of small children. Great that pregnancy still going well and you have two excellant choices for the birth itself.
Keith - You seem to be another one for churning out multiple marathons... A big well done on your double. I am quivering at the thought of two in the same month!
Shades - That is going to be a disappointment for you to miss out on Dingle. Sounds like right decision to make if you are going to be in pain though and end up making it worse. Better start doing some exercise though as advised (!) Hopefully a good rest will make a difference (Well a rest as in terms of maybe giving ultras and marathons a miss for a couple of weeks!)
Thank you all for your good wishes for my race. They must have worked as it went really well! The 10.4km course consists of four loops around a village - each loop incorporating 3 monster hills - yep 12 in all. This is the third year I have done this course and it really is no fun. I even thought about phoning in sick in the morning (!) but pushed myself out as races are the only time I do any actual speedwork.
I set off with the goal of beating last year's time of 54.13 so aiming for splits of around 5min/km. After the first loop I was averaging 4.48/km and felt ok so just tried to hang on. Second loop I maintained a steady speed and the third loop I picked off a few people. I stayed behind one man for a while as he always finishes in front of me and I was worried that if I overtook him it would be too soon and I would end up fading away and feeling like a right idiot. However, when I found myself slowing down I decided to overtake him and live with the pressure! Final loop I picked up the pace a bit (Advantage of doing lots of long runs...10k seems so short in comparison!) and finished with average splits of 4.46/km and a new course PB of 50.57 Well pleased - and didn't acually feel sick either which was a bonus. Kept HR monitor on for stats - MHR came out at 190 Good job I wasn't looking at it!
I ended up as 4th woman - again there were not many of us but this time I was not that much behind the girls in front of me (Well the second and third ones anyway!)I also had a place on the podium and a prize. Before anybody starts getting impressed - don't - the "podium" was one of those big hay carts and my prize was a 10 Euros voucher for the cheese stall in the local market - Ha!
Atmosphere good and had a couple of rosé pamplemousse apéritifs afterwards (Mix of rosé wine and grapefruit...delicious) Glad I did this race, I don't like this distance as it panics me but in all it has given me a bit of a boost for my training and my dreams of getting my GFA time this Autumn.
SK - Jocelyn chickened out and didn't turn up