So this is my second blog post and I wanted to update you on what I’ve got upto this week.
So last week I took part in the Vitality London 10,000 weekend. I got a free entry to the Westminster mile via a sweatshop running club, and I was running the London 10,000 for Sparks who was the charity of the year at work last year.
I’ll be honest I was incredibly nervous for the Westminster Mile, I’ve never actually done a single a mile before and I expected everybody to be running sub 10 min/mile.
I started real easy not really knowing what to expect. I turned the corner to finish on Spur Road by Buckingham Palace and I saw the clock ticking up to 13 minutes so I decided to get a bit of a Sprint on, I was surprised how much I had left in my legs and I really started to go quicker than could’ve imagined. I stopped my Garmin at 12.55 and I was rather relieved to get under 13 minutes.
I hung around with the rest the sweatshop runners applauding and shouting the rest of the wave home and then we went off had our chip taken off and collected our goodie bag with awesome medal and probably one of the best goodie bags I’ve had, especially for a mile!
So Monday morning – London 10,000. I was quite surprise how busy it was getting out of the tube station in Green Park and that’s when I realised how big this event really was. I hung around the charity meeting points for around 10minutes to meet the people from sparks and then I went and joined the huge queues for the toilets, I can only imagine what it’s going to be like at the great north in September. I went and dropped off my bag and I must commend be really really good organisation of the event again.
I was in my pen around 15 minutes for the start I was in the yellow wave is about two thirds the way back. There was a bit of shuffling at the start but after about 1km it cleared up and you were able to get into your stride pretty well. I I run the first couple of miles fairly steadily but around what I wanted to do so I was pretty pleased. Got round to the Bank of England knowing that I was about a minute up on the pace I wanted but I expected the second half to be slower. Trudged along, I got boxed in and forced to go through the mist shower which wasn’t really required and just made me cold & couldn’t see through my glasses. I pick the place up again feeling pretty good along the Strand and Whitehall and the support was amazing run along Birdcage Walk. Finished realising that I’d just knocked two minutes off my PB from the winter run in January and had managed to run negative splits by 30seconds. After collecting my medal goody bag I went to meet some of the other guys from UK run chat at a local pub and where we all share is all running stories and injuries.
So this week has been pretty non-stop I decided to go to the gym on Tuesday purely to top up my monthly running total to 50 miles. Then I took Wednesday as a day off. Gym again Thursday, and have completed my longest ever run on Friday doing just over 8 miles, concentrating on distance rather than the pace, will work on increasing pace in the next stage of my training plan.
Taking it easy this weekend but running into work tomorrow morning hence a very early start.
Lovely day, so feeling a trip to the pub right now!