10K’s… I haven’t actually raced a 10K run in probably 2 years. There is a very good reason for this situation, I don’t like ’em. Way to much like hard work. Though, maybe that attitude is the reason my running doesn’t get any faster, I am much more comfortable sitting in the comfortable zone for several hours, than pushing the limits for 1 hour.
In a untroubled, injury free world, today I would have been at the start line to do the marathon. I have to say in some ways I am kind of glad I wasn’t. For two reason, the weather and illness. Normally, the weather will be what it will be and just live with it. But all week Saturday has been looking to be a shocker of a day.
The unusual weather pattern
I think it was all the way back on Tuesday, when I was having a chat with the parking attendant as I was leaving my car park for the day, he mentioned that there was really bad weather forecast for the weekend. I have great little conversations with the parking attendant every day. He always asked, what training you doing tonight? or what race is coming up next? So he knew that I was doing the race on the weekend.
The weather forecast never looked it was going to change its mind from this long term forecast. Last night watching the news, Jim said hes never seen a weather system like this and lets just say it wasn’t looking all that appealing last night, wasn’t much better this morning.
When I was eating my breakfast, it was hailing. Hmmm, what to wear dilemma. I normally get way to hot running, so layers that can be taken off are important. Decided to go with a thin thermal tank next to skin, t shirt and then l/s thermal on top. But because it was looking so cold I decided I better have a hat and gloves as well. Jeez, if it didn’t stay freezing i’d be in trouble, but then I was only doing 10K, really it wasn’t quite that much of a dilemma. Getting back to my orginal point, if I had been doing the marathon, I would have been stressing about what to wear, but then I might have organised a couple of people along the way to give me stuff.
As for the 2nd reason I am glad I wasn’t doing the marathon, have had a stupid niggling cold since Wednesday, I felt it first in my chest and then got a sore throat. But it wasn’t so serious to take time of work or anything. I do have issues with chest infections, I am a little paranoid about such problems. Yesterday I thought I was fine, but went for a short run and I felt it in my chest. That night I could still feel it, I decided this morning to get up and see how I was feeling. If I had been doing the marathon or the half, I think I might not have started the race this morning. But it was only 10K, I had paid $40 for the privilege (which seemed a little bit more than I would normally consider paying for a 10k) so I was going to race, and if necessary take it easy.
So I arrived at race start about 8:15. I borrowed my bosses car park, that is just around the corner from the start. Used the toilets at work, and then raced over to the town hall. Man it was busy, still had a while to kill, so for whatever reason decided I’d kill the time standing in line for the toilets…. yeah, weird. Tried to find a quite place for myself to the start, when I spotted a fairly empty place I took myself over to it, and low and behold there was Anita standing in that same “quite” spot. Hah, we killed a bit more time before we were called to the start line.
While waiting for the start it started to hail on us, I was a little bit relieved, it had actually been clearing a bit so was worried I get a bit hot, with the hail, it looked like I had picked the right gear run with.
The pace was a bit slow to start with, for what I would expect for a 10K, but thats to be expected in the crowd. I was taking it pretty easy, but picked the pace up after 2K. I was trying to practice the “no mind” technique, but it was very hard in the race situation. When I did get in to, I was able to run faster and more relaxed, but I couldn’t hold it for much more than a few minutes.
I did the first 5K in 26 odd minutes, I was fairly happy with that, I thought 53min would be easy at this kind of pace. But not long after 5k mark I started to feel a bit crappy, I couldn’t get a breath in, I wish I had taken my inhaler with me. I started to have to make deals with myself… “how about if we slow down and do the next 1k at a relatively easy pace, than we don’t have to walk to get the breath back, and then we can pick the pace back up”. I didn’t want to walk… walking in 10K seems a little ridiculous.
So thats how the last 5K went, I took it easy in places and then picked it back up till I started to feel crappy again. I was rather glad to get to the last corner, and almost threw up a little.
Crossed the finish line in just over 56 min. Was relatively happy with that considering everything.