It was hot, blooming hot!
On Sunday I met up in Green Park with my good friend Kirsten (returning to racing after injury) and with Alma and Louise. We met in the pleasant surroundings of Green Park and while we pinned on numbers and attached timing chips I realised how hot it really was. It might have been a much better idea to stay there sitting on the grass for a chat and a picnic!
As usual for this race it was really well organised, plenty of loos and very organised baggage drop so it only took a few minutes to get ready before heading to the start. The course had been changed this year to reflect the Olympic Marathon course starting on the Mall. A very slick start and all waves were moved forward very promptly to get the start cleared for the elite runners to finish at the same point! It was a busy race and there was a bit of weaving to keep up pace and having to wait to pass people and some elbow bashing at narrower points but there was a good atmosphere and lots of noisy spectators cheering us along. As my 5th running of this race it was a nice change to run it in reverse!
Kirsten who has suffered with an injuries recently told me to go ahead at the start as she had promised her Physio to walk if her legs were tight. However she caught up with me not long after 1Km and we ran the rest of the race together. As I predicted, injury or no injury, Kirsten has one pace (quite quick which she can carry on for miles and miles!) and it was me who was the weak-link suggesting in a few places where the heat was really getting to me that we ease off a bit! Having a good steady pace maker helped me maintain a reasonable pace and I’m sure that left to my own devices I would have been far slower. I really struggled in the heat and almost stopped to walk just before the 9k point but managed to force myself on having got so far. So I was happy to scrape in under 55 mins at 54.53. My slowest 10K for a long while but by far the hottest, the reported temperature was 28 degrees!
The highlight was just before 3km when the front group of the mens race passed us on the other side of the road on their return leg and we all shouted encouragement to Mo Farrah to continue his winning streak My olympic athletics experience! Who needs tickets? We also saw the stands in place at Horse Guards Parade for the volleyball and crossed the finish line where the olympic marathon will in front of a crowd of spectators.
A great day, finished with lunch out for Kirsten’s birthday with her partner and my family. I have signed up for a sixth Bupa London 10K in 2013 when I hope to break my ‘getting slower and slower’ streak!