May was a month of PBs for me! First up, was a fabulous PB at the 10k distance.
I had it in mind to try and get a good time at the GEAR run in King’s Lynn as it is a flat town centre course with great crowd support. My ankle was recovered and I felt good so it seemed realistic to aim for sub-53 minutes (to get the club gold standard) with the possibility if I felt particularly strong of going sub-52 minutes.
The day did not start well as it was pouring with rain for our half hour walk to the start and then we hung around for ages getting wetter and wetter as the start was delayed.
The first mile was slow as many people had started in pens where the pace was too quick for them and then others were prissy about getting their shoes wet (even though they had been standing for an hour in pouring rain!) and the pathway was narrow so it kept surging forward and then stopping suddenly when a Prissy Person encountered a puddle and tried to go round it. This stopping and starting made me nervous about my ankle.
But after the first mile people spread out and I got into my stride. I knew that to get the time I wanted I had to average 8:15 minute/miles and, with a 9:08 minute first mile, things were not looking promising. But I kept targeting runners ahead and picking them off one by one, running behind them for a few seconds and then overtaking when I felt comfortable. My pace felt manageable at just over 8 minute/miles. Starting further back than I probably should have done, and having a slow start meant I overtook a lot of people in the middle part of the race which is always good for morale. The rain had slowed to a drizzle which was nice and cooling and there was little if any wind. The crowds were, as expected, fantastic and it makes such a difference to get cheered on, even by strangers.
By the beginning of the final mile I did feel tired but I wasn’t sure I’d get the time I wanted unless I made one final push and, knowing there were no hills, I managed a 7:41 minute/mile which was a good effort at the end of a 10km race and not something I could have done a year ago.
My finishing time was 51:13 minutes, a PB and well under the 53 minute target I had set for myself. The medal was great and it was good to watch Sally and some of her club mates finish and to have a brief chat with Roly who had also run a really good time, although he too had had a slow start in the crowds.
Delighted with my PB, we retired to the pub to strip off all the nasty wet clothes and then drink much beer and eat a rather large meal! A great day!