Wow, I’ve really sucked at blogging. Oops. I do have to say in my defence that I spent the first two months of the year completing my thesis corrections, so. . . now I have more time on my hands while I look for employment.
This round of training went well. I ran the 10k improvers plan from the Edinburgh marathon/half/10k page as it had many of the features I was looking for; 12 weeks in length, speedwork, and were time based rather than mileage. Normally, I prefer plans that are mileage based (I find them best for half marathon training) but I wanted to try something new and challenge myself. This plan called for 4 runs per week, which is one more than I usually run. I felt confident I would be able to handle the additional day and in the 12 weeks I only missed one training run (I was ill and needed the extra rest). Otherwise, I had a handful of days off throughout the 12 weeks as I have been incorporating strength training back into my routine as well.
My schedule for the past 12 weeks looked something like this:
Monday: easy run + strength
Wednesday: speedwork and strength
Thursday: easy run or speedwork
Friday: strength or rest
Saturday: long run
Sunday: strength or rest (depending on Friday)
All week I’ve been anxious about race day. Something about tapering for a race makes me a bit anxious, but I knew I needed the rest. I’ve had a few niggles as of late (my hip this time) but it wasn’t anything that was agonising. I also made the mistake of trying out some new trainers recently and had a blister/hot spot on my left foot for about 2 weeks, which has been terribly annoying. I hope that it heals quickly!
I was also concerned about the weather forecast. It’s been pretty miserable this past week; I hadn’t seen the sun in forever and every day it seemed to be raining more and more. Most of this week the forecast had called for heavy rain and high winds for today. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw sun forecast for today (and didn’t believe it). I re-waterproofed my trainers and had my kit ready last night, prepared for the worst.
I slept pretty poorly and got up around 7, faffed about for a bit, got dressed and then got the train to Central. It was drizzling, but not raining, which was a good sign. At Central, I grabbed the breakfast of champions.
I took a quick selfie before walking to Glasgow Green.
It was a quiet walk over to the Green.
Once I got to Nelson’s Column, there was a bit of waiting around in the queue for the porta-loos. There were only 5, for a lot of people (800+). The event had been sold out, so. . .
Finally we were off!
Km 1: 7:12 & Km 2: 6:48 It was fairly crowded the first 2 km. I felt crammed in and was worried that I was going to get tripped. There were a lot of puddles and there was a bit of dodging going on by me and others. I didn’t really get into a rhythm.
Km 3: 6:41 It has cleared out a bit and I have room to move and run. I finally settled into a good rhythm and felt good, if not a bit warm. We’ve looped around most of the green at this point and are about to swing back on the loop.
Km 4: 7:13 & Km 5 7:19: Ugh what a bloody awful cramp. Ow. I was disappointed I had to slow down and walk for about 30 seconds off and on here. Just ow. Very glad for the water station at 5km.
Km 6: 7:00 I know that this is do or die time. If I want to PR I need to pick up the pace.
Km 7: 6:47 & Km 8: 6:28 I obviously picked up the pace. I felt so much better after the water and a bloc shot. I’ve done plenty of 10K+ without additional fuel but I knew that I was running a bit earlier than normal and it definitely helped.
Km 9: 7:01 & Km 10: 6:49 (and the last .5???? 6:32 as clearly my GPS was different than the km markers). At this point I am seriously regretting my life choices of wearing a long sleeved shirt under my t-shirt. I’m so hot at this point and I very nearly stopped to pull off my layers. I just kept telling myself that I was almost there, that this is just like any other run. As soon as I got past the Glasgow G, I ran as fast as I could to cross the finish line. They called out our names as we crossed, and I forgot I had registered as Dr. Corliss so they called me Dr. Corliss and I had to laugh.
Runkeeper told me I had run 10K in 1:09 which is my fastest 10k to date (yes, I am still slow AF). For the entirety of the run, it was 1:12:09 (this is the time from my Fitbit, which I stopped before Runkeeper). Last year I did this run in 1:18 and change, so there was obviously improvement, which is good.
So, all in all, a good run. I really would like to improve pace/speed wise, as after running for over 10 years and consistently for well over 3, I really should be SO MUCH FASTER. Hopefully, the next race will be better. Now, I’m going to eat some more food!