Posted: 18/01/2015 at 19:31
Well done ThR - I look forward to report.
DanA - that's a great run out, well done at C2C. I look forward to my ultra debut.
TR - well done today you knew you were coming back but I think your aerobic fitness is better than today suggests and I think you know it.
DrD - that was a great performance today and great to meet up! Are you on Strava or Fetch? I'm interested in your progress it's very impressive.
Al_P - Nice run and well paced, shame about the view
As suggested, I had a stormer. Smashed my PB down to 34:37 and consider I did 35:5x at Leeds in Nov so i'm pretty pleased. My lazy race report is here http://totriornottotri.com/2015/01/18/stubbington-10k-2015/
It's worth a look for the facials alone! All in all a good day afterwards with the family at a lunch hence late post.
I started looking at my watch a lot to get “on pace”. It is a fairly new pace for me so although it feels the same in some ways in others it is scary. My watch was in KM but seeing 3:2x is like seeing 5:xx to me, even my marathon pace is sub 4 min/km. Looking at Power of 10 (already updated) it was only 3 years ago that I wasn’t able to run a sub 6 min/mile 10K.
I had a joke with Al_P about a local runner who always starts too fast to check my breathing/speech level of effort compared to my watch. Looking good I thought after the initial mad couple of hundred meters. The first K went by in a perfect 3:30. The second K is a little undulating but is probably favorable so 3:25 was nothing to be worried about especially as a couple of seconds either way can be attributed to the positioning of markers. Number 3 has a significant rise that will slow you but I managed 3:23 but I think I could have pushed harder here given my relative position to those who finished around me. From there, mentally, it is downhill to Km 7 and splits of 3:37, 3:25, 3:27, 3:29. I think from 3 to 4 I was running with an Aldershot runner who I wasn’t sure if I needed push to pass or if we were working well. Apart from signage dependencies that is what I would put that poor split down to.
Seven to eight. There’s a rise to Hill Head then on to nine and the finish. Splits were 3:28, 3:33, and 3:19. I have no idea how I ran 3:19 for the last K! I swapped places with another Aldershot runner who came back at me in the last K whilst all the time closing on Sean Holmes who I’d tussled with last week at the Reading XC. I introduced my self after collapsing through the line!
My goal for 2015 and this period was a Sub 35 10k. 34:37 officially and I am very pleased with this. it was hard, not easy, I was ready, in shape and it has given me a massive confidence boost.
Also Andy Vernon was there cycling round the course! He looks slimmer in real life!