The Thrill of the Pace 

This weekend I joined the Bury 10k pacing team. This was a new experience for me but having used pacing guys in races before and realising how invaluable they were for me  I wanted to pass that back to the running community.

I decided to take the 40 minute pacer role as although not my PB it could still  be a decent training run at the same time.
I arrived at the race village around an hour before the start to collect my pacing flag, this thing was bloody huge, I was a little daunted as I hadn’t ran with it but to my surprise it weighed next to nothing. 
Ready to go 

On the start line the usual nervous banter flowed and I had a good chat with a couple of my team mates and runners who fancied a pop at the elusive sub 40 10k.

With only a couple of minute’s delay the starting hooter blew and off I trotted like a bearded pied piper. Having ran this race last year and living on the route I know it pretty well and knew with the slight downhill start we needed to bank a little time to counter the slight uphill return to the finish.

The first few ks absolutely flew by and I felt really good chatting with other runners (who probably didn’t want my monotonous tones ruining a lovely Sunday morning race).

My teammate and friend has been chasing a 10k for a while and took a gamble by listening to my advice of holding back and not setting off far too fast and as planned stayed by my side to 4k and then pushed on looking strong and determined!

The final 4k are a gradual incline and I had a group of 5/6 guys around me who I knew as long as they didn’t try anything silly they would hit their goal, I pointed out that we were going to be running past my house but no one really seemed that impressed!

With 1k to go I checked my watch and with 36 minutes gone I knew we had it and explained to the lads that if they had anything left to push on and really finish strong, on hitting the final straight I could see the finish line and the clock ticking away………..

I crossed the line in 39.59 and recieved a few sweaty hugs and firm handshakes thanking me for helping them achieved PB’s, I felt like the king of the world!

I grabbed my goody bag, dropped off my pacing flag (I wanted to keep that tbh). After a quick massage from my sports therapist who was working at the event I went to meet my wife to cheer the 25 clubmates we had running over the finish line, most of whom hit PB’s so it was an all round great day for our club! 

Races always need pacers and if you haven’t done it yet, volunteer it a great experience!

Oh my teammate who rudely left me behind at 4k, how did he do you say?…….. 

Well he smashed his goal and  came in at 39.09!! 

Don’t be afraid to shift your goals 

As some may be aware I have decided to pull out of this year’s Snowdonia marathon. I have club races every weekend up to the event and I simply wouldn’t have the time to get the long runs in that are needed so I was left with two choices…..

A. Turn up, have a bad run and not enjoy the experience.

B. Be sensible and save the race for a time when I’m ready and will enjoy what is one of the most picturesque races in the UK.
Some may think I’m being a little soft and I should just of ran it but I’m a firm believer of practicing what I preach,and  I would never advise anyone to enter a marathon unready, either mentally or physically.

So don’t be afraid to postpone/cancel races if you are not prepared, you only have to answer to yourself and the clock!

Lakeland 50 is happening!!

 The man from Del Monte (well Coniston) he say Yes!

 

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For those of you that haven’t heard, The lakeland 100 and 50 mile event happen on the last weekend in July in the glorious Lake district.The 100 is a circular loop starting and ending in coniston,while the 50 starts at Dalemain.

In the uk ultra scene this event is BIG not just in ascent but popularity almost to london marathon levels for road runners,it sells out fast……….8 minutes kind of fast! and with 2018 being the 11th running,i can only see it getting more popular!

So friday morning at 9.00 A.M i was ready,computer fired up,debit card in hand………………

AND after a few page freezes and refusal to accept payment i grabbed my golden ticket!!

 

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After the decision earlier this week to pull out of Snowdonia (more on that another day), i needed a pick me up and this certainly put my mood in a more positive place!

 

The next 10 months cant pass quickly enough!