Another weekend, another 5k! I’ve raced quite a few small races just lately! Here’s my medal for today’s…I don’t like that the medal is exactly the same for all three of the races in the NAN series. I only ran two of the three races, but I already have one exactly the same as this from the Northampton race. Boo!
Breakfast was a bagel with peanut butter. I’ve used up the last of my peanut butter now. I hope I remember to restock before the marathon next weekend!
I arrived to this race the same as the last NAN event – not sure where to find the start of the race. There were no signs directing runners anywhere but at least this time there was a postcode to find the HQ. I pulled up in a nearby carpark having seen a few runners jog past (albeit without numbers on!) and headed in the direction they had gone, hoping that they weren’t just out for a Sunday morning amble! Luckily, they were racers and led me straight to the start line with 5 mins to spare! I really need to start travelling to races with other people! I chatted to a couple of other runners from our club before we were directed to the official start-line out on the road.
The horn blarred out not long after and I had managed to place myself quite well, with not too much weaving in and out to begin with. I didn’t really go into this race with a game plan as such, not with the marathon a week away. I intended on just running as I felt and seeing how I got on…great plan huh?!
The route was quite nice. One large loop of 1.3 miles (ish) and then a smaller loop which was repeated so we ran it twice. I did think it odd that we never actually ran around the boating lake but just around the road surrounding the car park though! It was a relatively flat course, with just a little hill towards the end of each lap. The first mile felt quite easy but afterwards I realised I had set out a little too fast as I wasn’t planning on a PB today. My first mile ended up being at 8:50 pace after I tried to slow down towards the end of the mile. I had a couple of rubbish middle miles, around the 9:30 pace, and then my last little nubbin (someone called it that the other day, I can’t remember who, but I love that!) or 0.1 mile I ran at a 6:29 pace! I tend to be quite good at my sprint finishes. If only I could run my whole 5k that fast! Our top female finisher did! Well, she came in at an average 6:34 pace! I faded in the middle of the race and didn’t push myself as much as I would have done had I not got a marathon in just 8 days time now and had I not been planning a 6 mile run this afternoon. It was still an OK time at 28:21. I laughed about this on the phone to my Mum afterwards, as I would have been ecstatic with this time a year and a half ago, and now anything over 9mm average is just an OK time for Me!
Cheese, grapes, green pepper and the last of my bread rolls. Cheese rolls or milk really are the perfect recovery go-tos for me. Protein and some carbs right here!