It’s no secret that I tend to talk before I think about the consequences.
So when it dawned on me that I would actually HAVE to run 10k’s at Race Two of the Albany Lakes series I will admit I was worried. Really worried!
I’ve never run longer than 45 minutes (even on a treadmill) and believe me that wasn’t anywhere near 10k’s. The furthest I’ve run is about 7k’s hence the reason for my worry. I had no idea if I could actually run that far. So today since I had no bike and had a “spare session” I thought I would attempt a 10k run.
So I donned my new running shorts – yes not only did I think I would attempt a new distance, I would attempt it in shorts! I just hoped they wouldn’t ride up and annoy the heck out of me.
(Issy and I “warming” up)
I live in a hill infested suburb so I mapped out the flattest 10k route I could find. There was only a sight rise during the first k and then a hill during the 7th. James unhelpfully mentioned that hill would “get me” when I explained my route. I guess opening your mouth before thinking runs in our family. 😉
“Mr Unhelpful” said 70 minutes for me would be a good time. Secretly (eg I didn’t say it out loud) I thought that 65 minutes would be something I could do. That would be my “ordinary time” for the first five then a minute extra per k for the second half.
Because I run 5k’s pretty regularly AND I was running slower than normal because I was aiming for a 7 minute per k pace I knew that the first half wouldn’t be too taxing. The little runkeeper lady in my ear kept telling me I was ahead by at least 40 seconds per k so I figured I had some time up my sleeve for the second half of the route.
The hill during the seventh k did kick my arse. But I just kept moving and the flat k after that felt like a breeze. The ninth kilometer was hard and the final kilometer I was thinking – please let this be over.
I have NEVER been so happy to hear the little voice in my ear say I had hit the 10k mark.. If I wasn’t so knackered I may have jumped for joy. 😉
The running shorts rocked, so much so I went and bought two more pairs while Rebel were having their long weekend sale. They stayed put and even look pretty cute.
I’m also feeling a tad less worried about the Albany Run. If I can just do my own run I will be ok. If I go out too fast and try and keep up with the bunch I’ll be fu**ed. So I’ll just have to put my earphones in and block out the world.
Till next time