Had a really good week approaching this race, injury free, feeling fast and ready to race again!
Tuesday- Gale Road Loop, Keswick
Friday- High Pike (hike)
Saturday- Hoad Hill 10K Trail Race
Sunday- recovery run/hike around Binsey
The 10k is part of Pure Outdoors Events line up, as part of the ‘Festival of Two Feet’. Loads of options from 5k to Marathon across the weekend. We’ve done a few races by these guys (Cumbria Way Ultra, GT Skiddaw) and I have to say, they are awesome. Professional, friendly and well organised- can’t praise them enough.
I set off fast, 5k fast. Big mistake. I hammered the first couple of miles and felt good initially. The progress at parkrun had bigged up my ego- clearly!
Exhibit A: too darn fast!
Then the first major climb came and so did the challenge. I’m ok at steady climbs, in fact I’d been practicing that skill a lot and I learned nothing! My body felt fine but because I’d gone off do fast, I couldn’t recover and it was both literally and figuratively, an uphill struggle.
The route was varied, a mix of trail, fields, footpath and road. Two main climbs and an epic road downhill section (not in that order). It was beautiful but hard to enjoy as I steadily slowed and resigned myself to ‘getting round in one piece’ rather than finishing with a place.
I think as I’ve been training, I’ve definitely improved my speed and my stamina at that pace hasn’t quite caught up. It was a bit demoralising to be honest and I started thinking quite negatively- something that I’ve managed to avoid so far, even through injury.
I finished in 4th and learned a few lessons. I would recommend this event and think it has a lot going for it; stunning scenery, friendly supporters, encouraging marshals and superb organisation! Not one to be underestimated but also accessible. I’ll definitely be back- with a better attitude!
Thanks to volunteers and organisers. Also thanks to James Kirby for the race photography.