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You race some, you (eventually) win some!

10km race winner

September races didn’t go very well. Run the River was a disaster and London Duathlon and Ealing Half Marathon didn’t even happen.

2 x DNS Due to Manflu.

I’m especially bummed that I missed Ealing as it’s a great race and the two times I’ve run it I’ve really enjoyed it and also PBd both times. In 2017 I’ll be going for that sub 1:40 time for sure (my current half PB is 1:42:24).

Last Sunday a race finally happened AND went well. It was the Clapham Common 10k that I do several times a year. It’s very close to me so logistically very easy and even though I used to find the loopy course annoying, I’m used to it by now. Last October I got my 10k PB there with the time of 45:27. Funnily on that day there were quite a few speedy ladies taking part so I came 3rd or 4th, can’t remember.

Since then I’ve placed 4th and 2nd. I think I enjoy this race so much because with my speed I’m one of the speediest there 🙂  That does not happen in larger races.

On Sunday I ran to warm up for 2km and took off at a good pace of 4:40 min/km. I’m always amazed that when I warm up or even just train, I THINK that my legs can’t possibly go any faster but then the race starts and they actually can. I passed 3 or 4 ladies within the first 3km and knew that unless somebody had raced off into the distance really quickly (like the Italian girl who won in August with a time of 35 minutes!), there was a good chance I was first. It’s a little bit difficult to tell as 5k and 10k runners take off at the same time.

I kept reminding myself that I’m there to run my own race and not compare myself to anyone else. So I kept an eye on my pace and kept passing people (men ;), never being passed myself. My quads started to get a bit tight after about 7km but it wasn’t uncomfortable enough to slow down.

200m from the finish line a guy came huffing and puffing behind me and passed me. I thought ‘Yikes. You really need to sort out your breathing AND your fitness level.’ Once we crossed the finish line I realised he had just won the half marathon distance with a time of 1:15. Ha. I think his fitness is ok!

I got handed a second place trophy and I was looking around to see who the speedy Gonzales had been whom I hadn’t even seen run off so far into the distance. 2 minutes later I was approached with the winners trophy as they realised nobody had actually run faster than me.

Whoop. Whoop. Gold at last.

My time was 47:06, so about a minute and a half slower than my PB, but on the day I was the fastest so I’m totally stoked with my trophy.

It feels good to PB but it also feels good to WIN! 😉

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  • Reply
    Laura @ Laura : Fat 2 Fit
    October 23, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Ahhh fantastic job on coming 1st place, that’s amazing!

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    October 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Awesome! Well done!

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    October 13, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Yay! Well done on first place! Love the colour of the trophy too. A lovely one to put on display. That course looks super twisty-turny from the map.

    • Reply
      October 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I used to do the 15k there which is three of those loops and that got to be a bit too much!

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    oonagh grace
    October 12, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Well done on the PB and also on being placed! I have been running on and off most of my life and I am the slowest runner I know but it has kept me sane for years.

    • Reply
      October 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

      I mostly run for my sanity as well and in most races have no chance in hell of getting into the top 10. Smaller races are good for a bit of an ego boost but trophies are not why I run so I’d keep running even without any. 🙂

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