Sheffield Lord Mayor's 10K Race Report

I've suffered from an excess of work, travelling and a bad head-cold over the past 3 weeks, so managed to do no training whatsoever. As a result, I nearly didn't go to Sunday's race.

At the very last minute, however, I decided that if nothing else, I could use it as a training run, so I quickly changed into my running gear and headed out across town to the location.

In my enthusiasm to enter, I'd managed to forget to put a stamp on the envelope for the organisers to send back my number in, so the first task was to locate the organisers and pick up my number (apparently I wasn't alone in this transgression - there were at least 74 others who didn't do it!!). This proved to be a quick and easy job, and I was soon out doing a warmup on the track which is used for the start, finish and a couple of loops in the middle of the race.

Last year's race was on a very cold March morning. This year it was a few degrees warmer, although the periodic snow/sleet showers did their best to keep things cool.

I set off a bit further down the field than I normally would, figuring that I was probably going to run around 2 minutes off my normal pace just due to the lack of training. Often, this leaves you struggling not to trip over the feet of other runners and having to dodge those people who are not as fast but like standing near the front at the start. However, yesterday although there was a little bit of that, the first lap around the track spread the field out a bit, so I didn't have much issue in getting up to speed.

Other than the sleet/snow, the race itself was actually pretty uneventful for me. I did push myself a little more than I intended and came home in 42:05 - 1:30 off my best time, but acceptable given my lack of training. That gave me 91st position out of a field of over 700. Positionally, it compares with 40:47 and 89/732 last year. I'm pretty sure that had I been able to train these past 18 days, I could have come in at under 40 minutes - a lingering goal from last year. I'm not disheartened or disappointed though - there are plenty of people (even within our club) who'd be extremely gratified to be able to run a 42 minute 10K, and I salute them for their achievements too.

This week, I'll be competing in a 5-mile club-only road race on Wednesday evening and then another 10K (plus 2K fun-run with my daughter just before the 10K) on Sunday. I'm not expecting to do anything close to a personal best in either race - the challenge will be just completing 3 races in 8 days!

Hopefully, I'll get back into my proper training routine next week and improve my fitness before my next scheduled race which is the Sheffield Half Marathon in mid May.

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