Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:42
Race report - Natwest island games 10KM
Come Friday I felt ready, I'd had two "easy" massages and worked my quads and two pool recovery sessions which helped flush lactate acid out and loosen the legs.
I'd ran every day in some form or another since the week proceeding the games and if I ever do something like this again I'd probably have more of a taper. I still think my current fitness is yet to come through and maybe next week in Brighton if I run I can run well and it'll come together
We suffered a heatwave from the Saturday arriving and saw the hottest day ever recorded in jerseys history's and then temperatures of over 30c daily it was not kind on the body. Hydrated and ate well - sun cream often which really helped
So, race day and legs seem ok, I didn't have any tenderness and was rested. I enjoyed watching some of the other sports in the week and seeing some real quality athletes compete.
The numbers in training and then from the half indicated I could run around 34:00 give or take and at a push in a good field 33:30 was 100% on
Plan was to run even splits let the field do the work and use people where possible. I was drawn on inside lane 3rd in and there were around 20 of us with be other half breaking in.. I wanted a quick enough start to get in a group and not have to do early work
I've done the maths and 80 per lap is about right. Perfect. Anything from 16:45-17:00 I'm happy with and the slower first half the more I'd look to pick it up
Gun goes and we cruise around in 76/77 a little quick but I settle behind a group of 4, front 3 are already ahead having gone through in around 70.
Plays out ok for the first 5 laps hitting near perfect 2:3x/4:00/5:16 splits and in feeling comfortable. A few jossles and Dan halksworth makes a blistering attack breaking the group up and only one guy goes with him and Paul C just behind him, the big Gotland guy who I ran with in the half joined us and quickly took over shielding us.
Through the laps like clockwork now and I'm keeping an eye on Paul and the others.. 5:28 2nd mile and I feel a little lethargic already, However plan is panning out and I am gradually reeling in Paul and lad from Orkney. I overtake them and put a little spurt on, 5km is up not much later in 16:45 on the nose, I've been lapped already though.
The next KM / 1200m seems to be a blur with me then pulling upto the water station (at 200m line) and having to drink and pour some over my head, I know I'm suffering and in for more. Gradually the group has drifted and faded and then re joined me with everyone slowly passing me, Paul passes and Orkney lad, then Gotland and the others who lap me. No one is with me and only 1 guy behind who I then lap (he was 15 more on that later)
So I daren't glance at my watch but I do and I'm 5:50 miling, I have no legs, no where to hide and a maybe a thousand plus spectators watching the show.
I just focus on maintaining a relaxed rhythm and getting the race done, I can't force anything out of myself and can't make myself hurt, I pass the lap counter watching it took slowly 8/7/6. Ok now 2km to go I look at the clock and I think 5m was up in low 28s so I know I can still run an ok time but up ahead Paul and the Gotland guy are just gradually coming back. I muster all the strength I can and move my lead legs as fast as I can and start to feel better once I came under a mile to go. 800m and the race is finished for some, I can see Paul 50/60m or so ahead still and think if i can salvage anything I'll catch him.. As I past 400m I look at the clock and see 33:00ish so PB time- (lad takes me on the line finishing 5th 33:02)
I push from 300m reeling in Paul but the crowds cheers spur him on and the last 100m is another sprint finish - would bet money on me