June 18, 2013
It took me a while to warm up my legs today, they were pretty stiff after dancing in heels at a wedding on Saturday night. The muscles were aching in ways that I’m not really used to so I was a bit anxious. The last thing I wanted was to aggravate something ahead of my attempt to run 10k in under 50 minutes on Sunday.
Even after lots of stretching and resting, I’m still carrying a niggle in my calf, it was the hill that got me again, still my sticking point.
The distance was fine, and once the hill was out of the way, I was pleased with my times, the last two miles were 7:57 and then 7:56, which felt comfortable. I also ran a bit later than I normally would, so it was a little hotter, (I know, finally) but actually, that seems like good preparation for Sunday, with a 10.30am start.
My fastest recorded 10k, during training, was 51:01. There are a couple of big differences on race day, which leave me feeling hopeful that I can do it. Firstly, you don’t need to stop, even briefly, to cross any roads, and secondly, everyone is going the same way so there’s no negotiating over the pavement.
Of course there is a down side, if there are lots of people taking part and filling the pavement, it can be hard to pass people to allow you to run at your own pace, which reminds me of the importance of getting to the right starting place. Not with the elites, as I’ll just be in their way, but ahead of the walkers and joggers.
Only two more runs before the big day now, I don’t think there’s too much more I can do to improve before then, I’m going to concentrate on keeping myself hydrated and crossing my fingers and hoping that it’s dry.
Today’s stats: 10k, 53:06