I had a great time running in the Women’s Running Race Series 10K in Strathclyde Country Park at the end of August. This was my second 10K, which I’d signed up for after seeing an advert for half price entry on Black Friday at the end of 2016! So it was actually the first 10K I signed up for as a bit of motivation.
The only other 10K I’ve run was the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May this year. It’s a very hilly course and it was an unseasonably hot 24 degrees! This was a totally different experience. It was a much cooler and cloudier day and the course was almost completely flat. There were 5K and 10K options which both went alongside the Strathclyde Loch, and the 10Kers went all the way round. I was also running solo unlike in the EMF and I did miss the chat from Craig!
I’ve only got the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K to compare it to, and one of the best bits of that experience was the amount of support from spectators. I was a wee bit worried and how I would manage without all that- would I just get really bored? Would it just feel very, very long? I just like a smile from someone else when I’m out running, I find it very motivating! Actually, I was running when we were on holiday in Portugal in July and because of the heat I had to go out quite early in the morning. This coincided with the closing of the nightclub in Vilamoura and so I ended up with lots of support and high fives from the 7am revellers most mornings!
Well I did miss it, but the stewards along the race were so, so lovely and the other runners were a supportive and friendly group. There was a lovely atmosphere of encouraging each other as the race went on. Someone came up to me afterwards to tell me she’d been just behind me for the last 3km and that I’d been good motivation for keeping her going! The whole thing had quite a relaxed feel and it was really well organised.
I didn’t have a time goal and I was really quite happy just to be there and take part. I managed the hilly EMF 10K in 1:06 so I was expecting that without the hills I would finish somewhere between that and the one hour mark. I was absolutely delighted to finish in 59 minutes! I’d tried to stick within sight the 60 minute pacer throughout and passed her about halfway through, I think. I was pleased just to run it full stop, but to finish that wee bit under an hour was even better.
And what now? Part of me would like to run further and go for a half marathon at some point, but part of me is really quite content with an hour of running at the most. For the moment, my sister has made me an absolutely incredible running challenge map through the four Disney theme parks in Florida. We love Disney! We’ve picked our favourite spots and Megan has made them into a map where I can colour in squares for every kilometre I run. I’m so excited to get started and I think it’ll keep me going for a while!