This years We Love MCR 10k. Done!

Another race, another loss to my brother. Cuts deeper and deeper each time. Of course I always point out that i’m asthmatic and then he always points out he drinks and smokes so it probably balances out somewhere! And anyway, long distance is my game (which he bottled last year). Lets see what happens at the Robin Hood Half!!

Another great day starting out at the Etihad Stadium and finishing there too. I was slightly taken back by the sudden sunshine at the start line and instantly regretted my long sleeve thick top!! As well as the heat, I also suffered a strange stabbing pain in my right shoulder blade about 4k in which got more and more painful as the race went on and left me running with my arm by my side for most of the next 6k.

Moaning aside, I still managed a rather respectable sub 60 time of 0:59:59! I’m sure they will ask me to be the pace maker next year!! The medal and decent running shirt this year at the finish made it all worth while.

Not got any more 5k or 10k races lined up this year so will just have to ensure I well and truly beat my (younger might I add) brother over 13.1 miles in September. If you need me, i’ll be in the gym, strength training to gain an advantage!


Bolton 10k. Done!

What a great day. Had a lot of fun running the Bolton 10k and safe to say I will definitely be back next year. The event was well organised and the stewards are really friendly and supportive. Good water stations and a bag of haribo at the end! I didn’t improve on my PB but considering this is the first race I have done where I can actually remember there being hills, 0:58:09 is a time I am happy with!

I didn’t do any dedicated training for this and I am really keen to see what happens when I take on the We Love MCR 10k in July when I will be in the middle of training for the Robin Hood half.

Positives from the race.

  • Great support from my family.
  • Good pace, according to RunKeeper my 2nd fastest 5-7 mile run (fastest being my 10k PB last July).
  • Awesome Bolton 10k t-shirt at the end.
  • Under 60mins – even with two lots of Spooky Hill!
  • Strong finish – still had some left in the legs to pick it up on the home straight.

Negatives from the race.

  • Sold myself short and started to far back. Took 1/2k to get moving freely.
  • The single file bottle neck steps at the bottom of the second hill.
  • Really struggle without music/headphones.
  • Was a bit warm in my thick running top.

5 weeks now to get some strength training done in the gym before the half marathon training starts. Focus will be on lower back/core and legs of course. Going for an ambitious half time of under 2 hours. Lets see what happens!! Still a long way to go.

Spooky hill, i’m coming for you… TWICE!

Tomorrow is the Bolton 10k. Not really trained for it and after a 4 mile run last Sunday my legs hurt for 5 days! The weather looks like it will be ideal, no rain and not to hot. Of course, none of this matters at the moment as all I can think of is having to run up “Spooky Hill” again. TWICE. Probably should have done some hill sprints. Oh well, lets see what happens!

First 5k, a personal best and a chicken bhuna stitch!

So, I ran my first 5k today setting my PB at 0:27:55. First time I’ve run somewhere with a bloody big hill early in the race. Sapped all the energy from my legs leaving me with little in the tank for the rest of the race!

Another first today was having to run without earphones/music. Being a gadget man I did miss them. Apart from it feeling a bit strange running without any music, I also found it difficult to pace myself and know where I was in the race without the RunKeeper audio cues.

But, the biggest mistake I made was thinking “it’s only 5k” and then not preparing properly for it. The lesson I learned was that a Chicken Bhuna, rice, peshwary naan and popudums is not a great idea the night before and I felt like I was carrying it with me all the way. At the top of the first big hill, I got the worst bhuna stitch imaginable and couldn’t shake it! Complex carbs only next time!

All in all I’m happy that I managed it in under 30 minutes and I know that I need to focus on some hill sprints before the Bolton 10k!