The weather was perfect for the Richmond Park 10Km. Cold, a little drizzle, but clear and not completely horrible. The race began at 10am and the first 3Km were pretty undulating. It takes a little while for my lungs to warm up as an asthmatic, so I found the first 3 Km a bit of a struggle. There was a flat kilometre chunk between 3.5 – 4.5 Km which was a blessing.
The route was 2 laps of a 5Km which I am generally not a great fan of. At the 5Km mark some people set off to the finish line, but we had to do the whole 5Km circuit again. I found kilometres 5-6 the hardest as I had just seen other people finishing their 5Km race and the prospect of that undulating 3Km was a bit demoralising.
My running mate Steve very kindly stayed at my pace the whole race. He would easily have run it faster without me there, but some companionship certainly made the run easier for me!
Our chip time was 1 hour 5 mins 31 secs.
I would have liked to have completed it nearer 60 minutes, but for the 1st race of the year, and for my 8th consecutive day of running in January I am pretty chuffed.
Steve and I had a celebratory lunch where we worked out all our medal winning races for the rest of the year. The aim is for one a month, and we have found a great selection of runs which we am hope to aim for.