Sunday, November 6, 2011

10km Smashed!

This morning I headed over to Sydney Olympic Park to take part in the Rebel Sport 10km Run4Fun! It was to be the first time I had run 10km in over 2 years and the first time I had run more than 5km for 7 weeks! My goal was to run the 10km in under 75 minutes. I knew that was a fairly easy goal, but I didn't know how my knee would cope.

I shouldn't have worried! Sure, my knee gave me a little bit of grief during the run, but it certainly wasn't a barrier to me completing the race. The heat on the other hand, was torture. I remember at two points in the race I felt a little faint from the heat, but I managed to push through. Because of that, I stopped at every drink station and so wasted a little bit of time.

The race started to hurt at about 6km, but that's understandable seeing as I've been stopping at 5km recently. In particular, the 8th km was quite heavy and in hindsight I should've switched up my rhythm to get myself going at a better pace, because I clearly had quite a bit of gas in the tank when I ran my fastest split in the last km!


In the end, my official time was 01:02:51! SO close to sub-60 minutes!!!!! But well and truly within my goal of 75 min!

My splits were:
Lap 1:  00:06:04 AvHR 163
Lap 2:  00:05:45 AvHR 173
Lap 3:  00:05:58 AvHR 181
Lap 4:  00:06:24 AvHR 184
Lap 5:  00:06:10 AvHR 185
Lap 6:  00:06:51 AvHR 182
Lap 7:  00:06:31 AvHR 185
Lap 8:  00:06:38 AvHR 187
Lap 9:  00:07:00 AvHR 188
Lap 10: 00:05:11 AvHR 185

I placed in the top 50% of the pack, the top 35% of the female runners and in the top 400 of the female runners my age!

I had a nice moment once I had reached the finish line when a girl came up to me and said that she had been running behind me the whole race and that I had kept her going!

Overall, I am really happy with my results and how the run felt, though being so close to <60 min, I wish I pushed myself that little bit harder! But with the heat, I don't know that would've been a good idea!!! It will be interesting to see how I pull up tomorrow.

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