Today I ran my 1st race of February which is technically my 3rd medal winning run of the year. It was so good!
Last week was madly busy and had so many late nights so I took myself off to bed at 9pm last night. I am really grateful for a good nights sleep and I felt alright when I got up at 07:30 this morning.
Steve and I were running this race together and we were meeting at Charing Cross station at 08:45. By the time I arrived he had bought snacks and coffees! Perfect!
We dropped our bags at the bag place and made our way to the start line, doing a few obligatory warm ups on the way.
The first 3Km were super easy, having not run for 4 days I actually felt great. My legs weren’t tired which was an unfamiliar situation. By the end of the 3rd kilometre we were running at a pace just faster than 6mins per kilometre, which is way better than the pace I could manage in January.
Kilometres 7 & 8 were the hardest, my legs were beginning to get tired, but the last few were fine and both Steve and I crossed the line with a chip time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 11 seconds.
That was 3 minutes 20 seconds faster than the January 10Km race. Interestingly both Steve and I started our Garmins at the start and stopped them as we crossed the finish line, and the course appeared to be 10.3Km. We overheard other people saying this same thing at lunch afterwards.
If that is the case, and our Garmins were correct, then the race time was actually 1 hour and 50 seconds!
So, I have high hopes for the next 10Km race which is on 11th March and the plan is to come in under 60 minutes!
We spent lunch planning our long runs for the next few months and I feel really positive about it. I can see I’m improving and I feel like I have a real structure to my training which should help.
Best bits from today was meeting a huge St Bernard at the finishing line! I love dogs! And getting the medal which is awesome.
Loving February already 🏅💛⭐️