Time for an update
What’s been happening? Lots. In life and running. Mainly I’ve been doing some peer based training, my friend Gordon was training for his first 10k so we set about building up our distances towards doing a 10k while attempting to get up to race pace.
As a person who has done the majority of training on my own, it’s been great getting an opportunity to chat on those long runs and also to have someone to text and push to go out running with you rather than watching homeland on Netflix. But it all came to fruition when we did the Stroke Association Scotland’s Resolution Run.
Waking up early on the day was painful but my overnight oats and a shower quickly spurred me on. The sight of snow and rain out the window was not the most inspiring sight but the show must go on so I popped some bin bags on and met Gordon on route. We reached the park around 45 minutes before the race started and enjoyed being slapped by the rain, wind and snow – at that point I decided that I really needed to invest in some gloves for Kilomathon!
The start of the race was the standard chaos you could expect with hundreds of runners being let loose on a park pathway but after the first kilometer (while trying to find a bin for my bin bag after ripping it off) I managed to find a rhythm and some space; working our way through the great mix of people at the event including a man in a bunny suit who was representing the DB12 run series!
The weather definitely hurt but I felt good and managed to stay on pace with Gordon – misery loves company and the weather was miserable indeed. The first 3k was strong and we were sitting at a comfortable pace of around 6.30-6:40 per minute which I was ok with continuing. The only real issue on the course was at about the 4k mark going along the clyde meandering lots of broken path and puddles but that was short lived.
I then approached the water station where I saw a rather sweaty bunny taking a well earned rest and powered through to the second half and second lap of the track around Glasgow Green. We were feeling good and upped our pace slightly not just due to my running partner wanting to get finished to go to the bathroom.
Towards the end, the weather was clearing up and we were feeling good after pushing a bit harder around the 8/9k mark. We tapped a bit more energy and Gordon sprinted off and I did my best to do the same and finished strong with a finish time of 1hr 6 minutes as I passed the line and with a few 5/6 minute kilometers to finish a negative split.
I met my fiancée and family afterwards at the finish line and I felt good…perhaps like I could of pushed on for another 3k or so..I guess I’ll need to in just a few weeks!
I was in Edinburgh for my birthday at the weekend turning the grand age of 32 and passed Murrayfield. I can’t wait to be using my last ounce of energy powering across that finish line too!
See y’all on the starting line on 7th April.