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Wimbledon Common 10k – The title was going to be “Not every race is a PB”

Another Sunday, another 10km race. This time it was a bit closer to home and it wasn’t freezing. I ran for about 5 minutes beforehand hoping that a warm up would mean I wouldn’t hate the first 5km as much as I did last time.

I knew that the first 2km would be mostly uphill so once that distance was covered I was hoping to fly and finish the run in super quick time. The legs, however, didn’t really want to sprint so I just kept up a good enough pace so that I was feeling uncomfortable but not totally hating it.

I realised at 5km that I was going to finish in about 49 minutes. Annoyingly my Garmin only shows me my current average pace, not the average pace for the entire distance already run so I don’t really have an exact idea of how I’m doing until I’m close to the end and can actually do the math on my own.

There was a guy who was breathing down my neck most of the way. It’s mindΒ boggling how he managed to run 10k panting like that. I was hoping to get away from him but every time I lost him, he reappeared after a few minutes. Geez.

After 8km it all went downhill. Literally πŸ™‚Β  I didn’t put on the breaks and just sped down as fast as I could running the first downhill km in 4 minutes 16 seconds. I actually lost the heavy breather on this downhill bit. Whew.

The last km was not too bad either since coming downhill gave me some momentum for a while. I wish there had been signs though for 800m to go, 500m to go, etc. – without them I don’t properly speed up until I can actually see the finish line and in this race we only had about 200m to go once we cleared the woods and saw the end. I sprinted and I finished as the clock was still at 48 minutes. I quickly sat down to avoid nausea –Β 5 and 10km races are always fun once they’re over and you’re sitting down πŸ˜›

Official time: 48:02

Another PB but only by 19 seconds. Oh well, I’m not complaining. Two years ago the same amount of exertion meant 53 minute 10k races for me so I have improved and hopefully will keep improving.

As with everything in life, I don’t believe there are quick fixes or quick solutions – no one becomes Speedy Gonzales overnight. So I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and maybe I won’t get the 46 minute 10k like I had hoped to in 2013 but what’s another year when you’re having fun πŸ™‚

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    June 26, 2013 at 7:35 am

    That’s pretty darn speedy in my book. Congrats!!!

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    Stephen Cousins
    June 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Well done. Another one in the bag. x

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      June 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thanks πŸ™‚ and stop using my real name (I deleted it), I’m trying to be incognito here! (I know posting photos of myself doesn’t help but at least no name naming please πŸ™‚

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    June 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Congrats, a PB is a PB regardless of by how many seconds πŸ™‚
    I hate it when people are gasping and grunting next to you during a race, it’s so off putting!

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      June 19, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Thank you, I wish I had pushed a bit harder and ran 3 seconds faster to get sub 48 minutes πŸ™‚ But there’s always next time!

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    Lisa Gusto
    June 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm


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    June 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Congrats!! A PB is still a PB, whether its a few seconds or several minutes. Sounds like a fun race too.

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      June 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I know, it’s unlikely I will be making PBs in minutes now so I take every second I get πŸ™‚

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