I quickly moved my way to the middle of the pack!
Not having trained since the marathon, I was a bit nervous and my right knee and right shoulder was hurting, due to a mid-week football injury while my left knee ached ever so slightly, not quite right since the haribo-induced knee twist. The clock ticked down and the gun went off and we were away!
I wanted to get sub-59 minutes; something I know that I am capable of. My best time I think was 48 minutes but that was about 26 years old and I am doubtful if I will beat this time. The irony is that at that time, I didn't do as much training as I am doing now!
However, I am not disappointed; just more motivated to do better. Here's a youtube video that a friend linked to me. It is safe for work and very cool. I spent time trying to figure the movies and speeches it came from.
So back to the race. I went off with a decent pace, probably a sub-6.5 min / km pace. Mentally, I knew that I will finish, I completed the marathon two weeks damn it! However, this time I had a target in mind. Complete the 10KM below an hour with enough puff at the end to do a sprint finish.
I moved along the pack, weaving my way through slower runners. I didn't want to be overtaken in this race - I wanted to over take and maintain my position. So I did.
The first three KMs came and went, I was at a good pace around the 6.0 min / km pace and feeling good. I went past runners and didn't have anyone blast past me. The sun was shining, the breeze was cool and the heaviness in my legs that I initially felt was gone. Felt good and confident.
Kept up with two runners for the next three KMs but couldn't overtake them. One chap, on my right and always two or three paces in front, kept me at bay and continued to do so. The other chap, we both left behind around the 6KM mark.
However, you know I mentioned that I didn't want to be overtaken this time? Well, I did and my 'running partner' also started to pull away and I didn't want to catch up; wasn't too confident that I had enough in the tank to finish strongly. I did spy another club runner who was running solo and made a point of catching and going past her. Well, she obviously detected my attempt and upped her speed. Sensing a challenge, I kept up and overtook her only for her to respond in kind. So I settled down a pace or two behind and waited. I knew that a hill was coming up (we went down it on the way out) and I am normally quite steady running up hill. My pace drops only slightly on inclines and that was where I would beat her. Along came the hill and my 'rival' slowed down and I pushed past, she tried to respond (I could hear her breathing become more ragged) but I sensed an opening and actually pushed the pace and the small slither became a larger gap.
I felt good. Running is about small victories, inch by inch, beating the person to your side, and in front. Definitely felt good - I saw my next objective: two runners, 25 and 35 metres ahead of me and we were in the last 1.5 km. Once the 9km marker flashed by, I kicked hard. So did everyone ahead of me and the race was on!
|Run Ming Run!|
I didn't catch her but if I had another 50m.....
My time was 52 minutes 10 seconds. Not bad at all.
Oh, I have been keeping to a decent diet: low meat, high fruit and veg but I did do a carbo load before the race.
|No meat here.|
Last distance run:10.0 km
Duration: 52 minutes 10 seconds
Pace: 5.2 min/km
Total run so far: 313.86 km