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Leeds Run For All 10k Race Recap

June 20, 2011

Date: Sunday 19th June 2011

This is me after I finished – a pink sweaty mess!

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I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning to the sound of heavy rain falling. I started hoping that it would slow down or stop before I had to leave for the race and got up to have my breakfast. I went with the breakfast that I’ve been eating throughout my training – wholemeal toast, peanut butter and a sliced banana. It worked a treat because I didn’t have any stomach problems at all during the race. I also made sure I was well hydrated – I had been careful to drink plenty the day before and on the morning I sipped two large glasses of water before heading out.

When I left the house the rain still hadn’t stopped. Luckily my Mum donated an old rain coat to me that I could wear while waiting for the start and then jettison. The race started at 9am and the instructions said I should get to the meeting point no later than 8.15am. I actually got there at 7.50, which I really regretted because it was freezing! My Mum’s coat kept my top half warm, but my legs were like blocks of ice. Next time I will make sure that I take along some cheap jogging bottoms that I can also leave behind. Apparently there were 9000 participants, so the race required a high level of organisation, and it didn’t disappoint. There was a group warm up for about 20 minutes beforehand which was good fun, although I was sheltering from the pouring rain so only half-heartedly joined in. We were escorted to the start at 8.40am and there was a brilliant atmosphere. By the time my nerves had abated and I was just really excited to start and enjoy the experience.

As I expected the start was at a snail’s pace and was a walk/jog for the first couple of minutes. Once I got some clear space I settled into a comfortable pace that I estimated was about what I’d been doing in my training runs (although I haven’t been measuring pace). It was mostly uphill, but my legs felt really fresh and it didn’t seem like any effort at all – I’m so glad that I took those three rest days, I’m sure they made all the difference.

The first 2k went by in a flash and I continued at a steady pace. By the time I got to 4k-ish I realised that my legs felt really good, my breathing felt effortless and I didn’t have any stitches or cramps, so I picked up the pace a bit. I was mainly overtaking others and I got overtaken very little, which gave me a huge boost of confidence. I’ve not really trained on hills, so I was impressed with myself how I managed to relax down them and speed up quite a bit, especially as I dislike going downhill in general.

I still felt good at 8k, so I picked it up again and it was only the last kilometre that started to feel like a struggle as there was a lot of up and down hill. As I was running up Albion Street I saw the time was 9.55 on a clock outside a shop and I knew that I was very near the finish and I was going to finish in under an hour. I was still mainly overtaking and sprinted to the finish – so much so that my parents missed me! My gun time was 59:50 and my chip time was 57:22.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would finish in under an hour and I didn’t intend to “race” it, but I felt good and the occasion overtook me. In the end it was perfect weather once the rain stopped – cool and fresh. I’m hoping I shave a bit off that time at York, but it’s going to hard work, especially as I’ve heard it’s hilly!

I met up with my parents afterwards and walked to the hotel and look who turned up in his tux:

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There is a rational explanation – Peter was taking photos at a May Ball in Cambridge and after staying up all night drove up to Leeds. He insisted on staying in the tux all day, which was pretty funny and it really made my day to see him!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2011 9:29 pm

    Well done, sounds like it felt great and an awesome time! Love the tux photo too 🙂

  2. June 20, 2011 9:31 pm

    Congratulations on such an amazing race, sounds like you had a great time!

  3. June 21, 2011 8:21 am

    great report! fab race – I’m always surprised at how the atmosphere of these events take over 🙂 x

  4. June 21, 2011 9:14 am

    Congratulations on your 10K. You did so well!! 🙂

  5. June 21, 2011 10:24 am

    I absolutely love your race day outfit: I don’t think I ever manage to look stylish and athletic as you did! Peter also looks very dapper…he reminds me of how I picture James Bond (from the novels, I’ve never liked the films much)

    Great performance in the 10K and I’m sure York will go just as well 🙂

    xxx

  6. June 21, 2011 12:30 pm

    Congrats on a really well run and well executed race! It’s great that you exceeded your own expectations, but even better that you enjoyed it and had fun 🙂

    Love the picture of Peter — totally random!

  7. June 21, 2011 1:13 pm

    Well done you must be so proud of yourself!

  8. June 21, 2011 4:04 pm

    Wow what a fantastic race well done! And to finish in under an hour- amazing 🙂
    Love the pic of Peter too!

  9. June 21, 2011 11:36 pm

    Congratulations! What a great race 🙂 If you think you look pink and sweaty, you should see me after a run! It’s not pretty…

  10. June 23, 2011 2:37 pm

    Well done, fantastic race 😀

  11. June 24, 2011 8:26 pm

    O nly just seen this – congratulations! Must have been a brilliant feeling 🙂
    And your peanut flour/banana porridge in the newer post is soooo good – best way to eat it!

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