Next Sunday, my son and I were supposed to be running a festive 10k – santa hats optional! On Tuesday at my physio appointment I’d said that I didn’t think I was ready to run another 10k given how much pain my leg had been in following the last Borders League race (which was only 7k) and I’d already mentioned to my son that I could sell the places as there were loads of people wanting to run.
While I feel bad about letting him down, I’m grateful that he’s a laid back soul and accepts that I’m doing it because I don’t really have a choice and knows I’ll make amends via another race or something! The deciding factor was Friday’s 5k charity run, as mentioned in my mini-update I had an agenda in running that particular course given how it was the straw that broke the camel’s back so they say.
The sun came out as we walked towards the starting line and off we went. I started a little too fast but was doing great and felt reasonably good until my breathing decided that my pace was too fast to sustain, not a problem though as I completed the first mile in 9 minutes 35 seconds and that included a 30 second walk break. My second mile started with a walk break and then I continued at roughly the same running pace, a couple more walk breaks and my time for the second mile was 10 minutes 37 seconds.
At this point it genuinely crossed my mind that if I could sustain a decent pace for the last mile and a bit then I would definitely beat my previous time and maybe even get close to 30 minutes. A few minutes later and a muddy forest path had me sliding around like I was on an ice rink, also I was getting tired and knew the last ten minutes would be a battle of willpower. Run – walk – run – walk, the end was in sight. With a glance at my watch and a slim hope that I could still beat my previous time I upped my pace and crossed the line. But not only was my right shin sore but my left thigh was also very achy, not a good sign as the thigh hasn’t been such a problem since I first strained it at the Wirral 10k at the start of September.
So, while my festive 10k was in jeopardy, I had achieved a course PB, only by 4 seconds but that’s still a PB!
Have a great week, K x