Sunday was the Manchester 10k. Even when I got up in the morning I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it, having not run much recently and thinking that I could just do a nice 10k around home. Having gone to the trouble of entering though I thought that I should pitch up and get on with it.
I arrived at the allotted time and joined the greens, we heard the blues starting gun and we shuffled along to make room in the pen- or so I thought- then I saw we were going over the start line! I wasn’t expecting to start for another 20 minutes and I wasn’t ready, still had my fleece on, not set my phone – oops not been to the loo! Split second decision, decided to go ( run over the start line!)
sure enough by the time I reached the portaloo’s at 1k I needed to make a detour! It added 5 minutes into that mile, compared to all the others, but worth it I think, much more comfortable afterwards!!
Overall, it felt much easier than previous efforts, I thought that I kept up a steady jog most of the way round. However I was disappointed not to get a PB. If I really did spend 5 minutes going to the loo then I would have knocked a couple of minutes off my PB . I did did sort of enjoy it and felt that I wanted to do another one soon! When I got home I did a quick search and found that there is a local 10k in 6 weeks time, so I have that in my sights. Mind you I’m not expecting a PB , it’s in Burnley so it will be hilly regardless of what the course description says ( mildly undulating I suspect). I’ve also renewed my subscription to the running club.