Its Sunday morning, 5.45 A.M. , its chucking it down outside and im up and shoving Porridge in my still half asleep face.
Read the above as ‘yay its raceday!’
After a drive over to Wilmslow (i was kindly chauffeured by clubmate Mike).We found a parking space by the finish. The course was a strange one as instead of a loop it was more of a C,so there was a good 1k jog from the car to race HQ and god was it cold. Fortunately the Race HQ is in the local sports hall so we could shelter in the warmth for a little while.
There was a few of us from Radcliffe A.C. running today and its always great to see clubmates before a race but before i knew it it was showtime.
If i’m honest i wasn’t expecting much as i was still not over my bloody cold (day 12 now) and i had somewhat overdone it at a club presentation on friday night ( I can still taste the sambuca!) Talking to Mike on the way up the plan was to test out the first mile and then go from there,if i could get near 38 mins i would be happy enough.
As the gun went and the usual stampede thinned out i just had a feeling today could be a good day as 6 min miling felt gooood !!!
The course is great a good mix of country lanes and little pockets of support, before i knew it the 5k marker was looming ahead. Kilometer 8 had the only real hill in the race and i knew that this was where my training/illness/drunkenness may let me down,luckily i just turned it down a little and carried on hanging to the back of my pack.
At this point i checked my watch and noticed i could be on for a P.B. but i was hurting now the legs had started to cramp and my lungs were burning. I really dislike 10k as if you go out hard it’s a bloody sufferfest home!
One more bend and the 400m to go sign magically appeared, filling me with memories of wed night 8×400 track session ! i could see the clock ticking in the distance and i knew if i had any chance i needed to pull my big boy pants up and just grin and bear it just a little longer.
I crossed the line in 37.17 a 16 second P.B. but immediately thought if only i had run 18 seconds faster , runners eh!