Drinking three glasses of wine at the Write This Run post-conference social. Seeing the train we needed leave the platform and therefore missing it by seconds. Eating a gross ready meal with virtually no nutritional value when I finally got home. Not laying my kit out. Forgetting to charge my Garmin. Having absolutely no food in the flat. Relying on Costa for pre-race breakfast.
This was my brilliant, perfectly executed preparation for The Running Show 10k. If I’d had my way, it would have been a lot worse, but thankfully I made it back to day two of WTR at Sandown Park to tackle 2 laps of the boring, undulating, out and backy course. Dorky route and elevation maps to prove my point:
Crap course aside (I guess there’s only so much you can do within the confines of a racecourse), the organisation, marshalls, timing and markings were flawless. Seeing so many familiar running/blogging faces from the previous day around the course definitely made the race, as it was hard and hilly and the short shorts crew were out in force (meaning 86% of the field finished in 65 minutes or less).
On the plus side, I ran 59:32. Not a PB, but if this means my fitness is now at a level where I can knock out a sub hour 10k on a not very good day, I am more than chuffed. Consistency in training has always been an issue for me, but I feel it’s starting to get better and starting to pay off.
I’m happy with the medal I earnt at this race.
Progress is a great feeling, huh?