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Rye Summer Series Race 2 – 10k (Road to Bournemouth week 18)

“…So this week my plan is to put down at least 30km, then get back on track with the training plan in earnest” Famous last words. Towards the end of my last blog, full of conviction that I would sort my shit out, well, I fell somewhat short! Words are easy, actions can be harder, and apparently pulling myself out of this lethargy is hardest of all, but still, I had a race to run so I had no choice but to do something.

I managed one of my two bootcamp sessions for the week – a bad back stopping me from doing the other, and did my PT session as usual but hadn’t managed to put down much more than 4km of running (mostly up and down steps). Still on Friday night was the second of the Rye Summer Series and so I had 10km to put down.

I originally arrived thinking I might practice pacing in this race, seeing if I could stick to 9 min miles, but as I started I first wanted to break free of the pack a bit, so I put down a bit more speed. As I pushed on, not too quickly but faster than my plan, I actually felt comfortable so although I dropped my pace a bit, I didn’t drop it down to the 9 min miles I had been planning.

I continued along the flat paths of the Rye Nature Reserve, where I’ve now run several times before, and was feeling pretty strong until just before half way, were I started to get some stomach cramping. I persevered though and after a few kilometres more it started to subside again, I tried to keep my pace up as much as I could, eventually sprinting to the finish line, where I finished in 51m33s, about a minuet faster than the previous month, though still far short of last years times, nevertheless I was happy with how I ran.

To finish the week off I actually managed to get up and go to Saturday morning run club, getting in an additional 7km for the week, although Sunday run club didn’t happen due to a very late finishing girls night with my friends. Ah well, here goes another week, where I should at least make my distance goals thanks to a lapped race at the weekend where I can put down as much as I like, as well as eating cake!

Week 18 running total: 21km

Ashford and District 10k 2017

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.

ASPT at the finish, after being provided with cake :)
ASPT at the finish, after being provided with cake 🙂

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.

Jac and I coming into the finish
Jac and I coming into the finish

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?

Finished selfie with Jac
Finished selfie with Jac

Hellingly 10k

When you only have one race free weekend in the whole of September what do you do? Enjoy the down time? Put your feet up? Embrace the chance to have a rest? Apparently not me. In fairness, weekends are not the holy grail of leisure time they used to be while I’m not working, but whatever my reasoning, I found myself looking up races during the week, desperate for something to add to the list.

What I found was a fairly local 10k run, that was still accepting on-line entries, so I asked my hubby if he fancied joining me on a little road run, and we signed up at the last minute to the Hellingly 10k.

Phil and I before the run
Phil and I before the run

The start line was an 800m walk from the car park and the finish, but it was a pleasant walk, then we were off, running down quiet roads, it was threatening to rain, but it was warm running, and then we hit the hills. The race was described as undulating, but to me the uphill sections felt endless, and I was struggling, my running has felt really off lately, but luckily what comes up must come back down and I do love running down hill.

I struggled through the first 5km, Phil patiently sticking with me as I ran slowly, but after some water at the halfway I really picked up and we started making up some time. With my pitiful running in the first half, along with a an unscheduled shoe lace pit-stop and I was just hoping to keep the run under an hour, and we made the finish line in 53 minutes which was far better than I was expecting.

The run itself was a really nice one, the hills made it a reasonable challenge, the roads weren’t closed but they were quiet, and quite well sheltered with lots of hedgerow and greenery on either side and there was a decent medal at the end. All in all, worth getting out of bed on a Sunday morning for.

Phil and I after we finished
Phil and I after we finished