My second race of the year was a last minuet substitution as the race I had planned to run was postponed until March at the last minuet, so after a frantic internet search for races in February this is where I ended up.
The Race was a 10km run at Kenley airfield that took you round the edge of the airfield three times plus an extra kilometre to the finish line.
This time I was running alone, and I wish I had thought to bring along my Ipod, most often races don’t allow this, but this race was completely off road and posed very little risk, and there were many runners there that were using them.
Again it was a little chilly to start with, but at least I had a nice new pair of Inov8 Mudsocks to try and keep my feet warm! I had actually picked the right trainers for this run as well, a new pair of Nike Flyknits which are really light and very comfy. In this race I also tried out a new pair of X-Raceware shorts which have a pocket to put your race number, eliminating the need for safety pins – admittedly not really a problem in a road race but I wanted to give them test drive.
Me at the start line, cold but ready to go.
The race organisers explained what we were doing, three runs around the airfield, then an extra 1km around to a war memorial to round off the 10km. After that we were off.
I have to say this was not the most exciting of races, three laps round got a little dull, and mentally I think I gave up a bit (hence my wish for an Ipod as I mentioned earlier). It was a really windy day and on my first lap around a race siding fell down on top of my leg. It was at this point that I realised how unfriendly this kind of running is compared to the obstacle racing that I had done previously – not one person near me at the time even paused to ask if I was ok!Luckily I was ok, and was able to carry on with the race.
Once, twice, three times round and at the 9km mark I checked my watch and realised that if I didn’t slouch off (which was tempting at this point) I could potentially finish in under an hour. This spurred me on around the final kilometre, and once again I was so happy to see that finish line.
I glanced anxiously at my watch, had I managed it in under an hour? I was thrilled to bits to see I had completed in 56mins, and when the results were posted I was also pleasantly surprised to see I had come 12th place in the female results list (results were split so I don’t know where I came overall). I actually couldn’t find myself on the list to start with, I was looking to far down!
So that was February’s challenge completed, and onwards to March where three races now awaited me…