I did a 10 mile run on Saturday! It wasn’t a race, no one was chasing me and I only took 2 walk breaks one of which was up a very long and steep hill. It took me 1h 59 mins, which is 3 minutes longer than my 10 mile race in April, however as it wasn’t a race I am still v happy with the time. Elaine is turning out to be a fabulous running coach/partner and I’m hoping she’ll stick with me til my HMs – Abradypus mentioned on my last post that my problem is that I am too sociable when I run races and try to keep up with other people instead of running my own pace. Guilty as charged – I need to make sure that I run at my pace so that I can sustain it. Elaine is great to run with because she is a coach and doesn’t mind running slower than she would normally to run with me. Alma does the same, although she will probably deny it, I know she had more in her when we did the British 10k and I am eternally grateful that she stayed with me and wants to continue our Awesome Twosome partnership in our next 3 races!
As a result of Saturdays great run, I have decided to sign up for the Swineshead 10 mile on the 11th September. It’s through the Bedfordshire countryside a similar type of course to the Sandy 10 in that it is mildly undulating but enough of a change of scenery that it should go quite quickly.
I rested yesterday (if you can call a day doing housework and gardening a rest) and today I joined my friends in Hitchin again – everyone was much happier, probably because we didn’t look like this by the end of it:
I pushed Simi quite hard today – we ran about 2/3rds of the 5 miles looping back to Gill and taking off again, and we did hillwork and speedwork too. She did amazingly well considering it’s only our 2nd week out – I have high hopes for her and reckon I might be able to get her up to 10k by the end of the year.
Thanks for all your suggestions re the word for C – I like Cick Ass from Helsieboo the best because even though it requires massive poetic license, it most sums up Christas spirit – especially as she went out on Sunday and did the Luton 10k in that heat!