Sunday, 4 March
Originally Posted by WithCheesePlease
- Ballycotton 10
Unfortunately I bombed. As mentioned in previous posts I've been suffering a cold / sore throat this week and I was hopeful I'd be rid of it by race day. That proved optimistic - despite consuming lots of kiwis, oranges, manuka honey and lemsips, I couldn't get rid of the virus. I revised my race plans and decided to aim for 31 minutes for the first 5 and then push on in the second half if I felt strong. I knew after mile 1 that wasn't realistic.....
First mile was about 5:57 which with the downhill was fairly conservative in normal circumstances. Despite this I didn't feel good. Did 5:58 for mile 2 - this included the steep downhill section. I kept holding back on the pace but despite this, I felt terrible - no energy. A 6:23 third mile finished off any hope. I felt like retiring but that meant running against the flow of runners and the shame that goes with that. So I struggled on with a goal of just finishing. Streams of runners passed me but I had no energy to do anything about it. Pace was 6:40 or 6:50 per mile - normally this would be very comfortable but not today. After 4 miles of drifting back through the field I made an effort to hold onto a passing group around mile 7 - it was hardship but kept with them and pushed the last mile in 6:12. Shagged at the end. 65:05 - slower than a training run I did a few weeks ago, way slower than my 10 mile pb of 60:55 and last year's Ballycotton 10 time of 62:19 (when I hardly trained
). I'd really have liked to give it my best effort.
Might try salvage something from all the training I've been doing - maybe target a 10km pb or consider another 10 mile race in the next 6 weeks before I go back to kayaking proper.
Thanks to anyone reading / comments / advice.