The first race of the season has taken place, and I am pretty happy with my results 🙂
I knew it was going to be a bit tough on the day, what with temperatures still being a bit warm, and judging by how I’d battled in the 10km training run the week before, but I did what I could to alleviate any hassles and prepared myself properly the day before.
Lots and lots of hydrating, no alcohol, fooooood, a good night’s rest. Not much more you can do than that.
So, my alarm went off at 4:15am (ouch!), I was up, got ready, had my standard oats for breakfast and headed off. I also ate a ‘race food’ bar on arrival at the race while we were starting to warm up and hanging about, waiting for the start.
This was the first time that I’d run as part of a ‘team’, which was really good fun! A whack of the guys I do my interval training with were all running so we all donned our team shirts for the day 🙂 It looked really good out on the course!
Other than expecting an under-an-hour finish, I didn’t really have much of a plan in mind for this race. I ended up slotting behind one of the runners who I know is a little bit faster than me, but she was going at a really good pace for me at the beginning, and I managed to keep up with her without feeling like it was too much work. However, at halfway she all of a sudden shot off and that was me, now all on my own. But I kept going at the same pace as it had felt really good until I eventually found someone else that I kept pace with… until she too took off on a burst and left me in the dust 😉
But the km’s kept ticking down until it was less than 1 to go. I knew I’d pick it up as soon as we entered the final stretch and so when that last bit was upon me, I stretched the legs out a little until the last couple hundred meters when I then gunned it – to cheers from the coach on the sideline, having already finished his race – and crossed the line in 56:48!
Not a bad precedent for the start of the season 🙂