Do I need to train for a 10k event? Of course not… it was just supposed to be a little check to plan my posible PB for the Halfmarathon in October…. so I took it easy. Way to easy.
Cause these 10k weren’t easy, but hills. Only hills. But this I only noticed once I got there. Yes, London has hills (note to myself: read race report more carefully even if it’s ‘only’ a 10k), especially North London… so I learned.
It was a women’ only event, as the name suggest and one of these bubbly, colourful and fun runs for everyone- from competitive types to newbies. A friendly, wonderful Saturday morning race I can recommend.
I planned on aiming for a new PB (last 10km race has been 3 years ago and was 59min).
Despite the hill I became 52 out of 621runners with a PB of 51:55min.
Despite having done no hill training since probs March.
And it wasn’t fun.
But now I am confident for the next (flat course!! yeah!) HM in October as my average speed was 5:12min per km. Could be worse.
…and next time I shall read the race description. 10km of hills can feel loooong….