For the third year running I returned to run the Ashford and District 10k. It was a struggle to get up this time, after we didn’t look at our dates properly and planned a party for the night before, so slightly hungover and very very tired I was feeling pretty delicate by the time we had made the trip over to Ashford, still I sucked it up and made my way to the start line with some of ASPT’s finest who had also taken the trip to the race.
The race was different from the last two years, they had changed back to the original route – which I had not run before, the previous two years having been an out and back run. This time the bulk of the race was a large loop, and the start was in a slightly different place to the finish.
At the start line I found my friend Jac, and decided to run with her for the race, as with a hangover and a bad knee I was in no position to try and run my best race, I just wanted to enjoy it in good company, so I let Jac set the pace, and despite her insistence that I could run off and leave her if I wanted, we ran the whole way together. The new route was good, hilly in slightly different places to before courtesy of the loop, all on closed off country lanes, but still with a nice downhill to finish off.
By the time we finished I was feeling much better on the hangover front, but my knee was in quite a bit of pain, so it was straight back to the sofa with an ice pack once I got home. Really enjoyed this run again, especially as there were so many friendly faces this year, and when it’s your personal trainer that gives you cake at the end of the race, then it’s 100% OK to eat it, right?