|Me and a friend before the run...|
Anyway, my wife was there to cheer me on and I assembled at the start (alongside the 45-50 minute crowd) and off we went. The pace was faster than I expected but I wanted to get a decent pace and then throttle it down, at least that is what I told myself!
By the second kilometre, the pace (around the 4.5 minute / kilometre) was beginning to tell and I started to slow down to something that I was happier with; I had another 8 kilometres of this so I had to finish in good order.
I reckon that I should think 'run faster' to actually get faster but that's between races! The rest of the race was a sedate affair. I took on water around the 7.5 km mark and continued through to the end. The last 1 km was a fast run, with me chasing two runners who I managed to catch up and beat to the finish line.
My finish time was 00:52:27
My chip time was 00:52:06
93rd in the men's senior category
281st overall position
Last distance run:10.0 km
Duration: 52 minutes 06 seconds
Pace: 5.2 min/km
Total run so far: 333.86 km