Race report: The Running Show 10k

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).

Team WTR – photo from Write This Run

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.

Possibly the only time I’ve actually looked better after a race

Progress is a great feeling, huh?

8 Comments

  1. November 27, 2013 / 8:38 am

    Well done, sounds like excellent pre race planning if you ask me 😉

  2. November 27, 2013 / 9:35 am

    Haha excellent pre-race prep Lissy, well done! My knees are still aching from the race, I probably should’ve stopped instead of plodding on to finish – hoping it doesn’t put me out of action for too long. Was great to meet you and the others, see you again soon at more events/races!

  3. cindysleepspinresearch
    November 27, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    That medal is adorable. I wish I had been able to run!

  4. November 27, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    Nice recap Lissy. It was a tough course, thought we all did well, especially considering the wine ha!

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:22 pm

      Definitely! It was so nice seeing everyone out on the loopy back bits.

  5. November 29, 2013 / 11:21 am

    I think next time we should try and make that 5 glasses of wine…I totally could have kept going too (and completely forgot you were running the next morning!). Well done, the medal is great!

    • November 29, 2013 / 10:39 pm

      We definitely need a non-running, wine-definitely night out 🙂

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