Last Saturday I took part in the Women’s Running 10k in Cardiff. I’ve only run one other 10k before and once in training (with a stop in the shop on the way) and both times I’d walked in parts.
Parking at the MoRun was a nightmare and so expensive. Following Robyn’s advice I re looked at the course to see if I could find cheaper parking. The course had a part that I recognised from the weekly parkrun course so I had the bright idea to park where I park for that (which is free). What I didn’t realise was that I would have to walk 2 1/2km before I even got to the start!!
The rain stopped while we warmed up and for the first half of the race it held off, thankfully. Women’s Running had organised pacers for the race and after a lot of thought I decided to start with the 70minute pacer. This was a big step for me as the twice I have run 10k my times were 1:20:02 and 1:16:58 but I thought that if I started with the pacer I could always drop back if I struggled.
It was a very well organised race with a lot of water stations around the course. What I didn’t realise though was that the people manning the stations loosen the lid for you and I managed to spill quite a lot down my leg! The pace was quite a challenge for me and I was very pleased to get a 5k PB of 33:09. I was also amused by the shuffle feature of my playlist. Just as my running app finished telling me I had completed 5k, my music cut back in to Bon Jovi singing “we’re halfway there, oh oh living on a prayer!” I couldn’t have worked that out if I had tried 😀
I started slipping back from the pacer but made sure I kept her in my sights at all times. As in the MoRun I really struggled between 8-9km. This is obviously the point that I need to work on. Thankfully I saw Sarah, a twitter friend, just behind me at this point and we ran the last bit together. Having her there gave me the boost that I needed to keep going.
I crossed the finish line in an official time of 1:10:30 but both the pacer and myself made the course to be slightly longer than 10km. According to the app on my phone, I hit 10k at just over 1hr 7mins but I am going to stick with my official time as it still gives me a new PB by over 6mins 😀
I was absolutely exhausted by the end as I had given everything. I don’t think I could gave run any further. My feet hurt from sloshing about in wet socks, my hips hurt and all my leg muscles were screaming!!! This was the point I wished I had paid for parking 😉