Elmbridge 10k – still got a bit of speed in my legs
Running a 10km road race a week after a 100km ultra marathon is not normal practice. But with the Elmbridge 10k being the last of the Surrey Road League races (21 July 2013), I was keen to put in a decent time for my club the Clapham Chasers.
However, I certainly wasn’t expecting a podium finish. I’d looked at the previous years results and noticed that the winning time was 30 minutes or so – a good 4 minutes faster than my PB.
I set off at a steady 5.45 minute mile with the intention of finishing in 35 minutes. However, because of a strong wind, I had to tuck behind a group of runners to draft off them – which gives you a false impression of how fast you’re going.
Thankfully it wasn’t as hot as the previous weekend, so I found that I was able to maintain quite a steady speed. However, what I’d forgotten to take into account was the 0.2 miles out of the 6.2, so ended up running 36.08, coming 24th overall.
What was quite nice about the event, was that they awarded medals according to your place. The first 100 got gold medals, the next 100 were silver and the remainder got bronze. A lovely touch I thought!
You can find the results here.
You can find my Suunto Move here.