It’s one month before the Bupa London 10,000, my favourite race. And this year however light I am on training (as usual) I am not panicked. No this year I am happy because more importantly my running buddy Kirsten will be back to run it with me. Thanks Bupa Running for the extra place.
It’s all Kirsten’s fault I got into running in the first place! We have been friends for many years and shared flats at university in the 80s. Back then Kirsten was a runner and I was a boozer (not too much has changed then) although I did sport for my college’s netball team, although we were difficult to lose against and could give the lads a good contest in the union bar after matches (can’t leave all the fun to the boys).
Fast forward a ‘few’ years and a couple of kids, several degrees and careers later, Kirsten and I are still good friends and living in London. I finally found a love of exercise with British Military Fitness and when I mentioned that I was enjoying running Kirsten, who was still running and had recently run the Great North Run, suggested we run a race for life together which later progressed to more 5K’s and to on to my first 10K
So began our history with the Bupa 10,000m. We ran the Bupa Great Capital run in Hyde Park in July 2007 (blooming hot if I remember) which was the precursor of the current Bupa 10,000 and have run it in its current form as the London 10,000m from Green Park in 2008, 2009, and 2010. We remember the first run in the pouring rain all too well! Each year we have run the race together and Kirsten being a faster, fitter runner than me has patiently run with me and paced me round to a new PB each time culminating in my current 10K PB in 2010 of 50.38mins!
Last year Kirsten couldn’t make it (was off climbing peaks in Norway) and although I had great company from twitter and blogging buddies, I missed her, having a less enjoyable time trying too hard on my own to meet or beat my pb without my pacer!
This year I’m simply looking forward to running the race. It won’t be about chasing PB’s. Kirsten has had a tough year, having recently lost her father and suffering various injuries so it might have to be me having to slow down and hold back for a change (although I doubt it) but I will be very happy to, because running this race together for our enjoyment, shared history and friendship is more important that a new PB.