A few days ago, I decided to compete in my last race of the year – the Gloucester 10 Mile run which occurred today.
I have a new coach called Mark Threlfall, who is an ex pro triathlete and one of the presenters of GTN (Global Triathlon Network) on YouTube. He is also the founder of T3 Triathlon (I will write a future blog on my coach and the experience of being new to coaching). I have been coached by Mark since mid November and I have performed numerous tests and training sessions already under his guidance. Recently I have completed a 3 week training build to complete one of my longest quality training weeks ever! This was last week!
The original plan was for me to have a long steady run to round off my 16 hour training week, however I got the chance to race in the Gloucester 10 Mile.
The race was is in Gloucester so I ran to Race HQ, which is about 15 mins away from my home. My legs felt very heavy on the warm up and I was feeling the heavy week of training in my legs instantly so I was a little bit apprehensive about the race and how I would do. My coach said to be conservative at the start and then build up through the race. We started the race at 10:10hrs and it was a fast start. I ended up doing my first km quicker than I had intended to run at. I went through the 5km marker at 18:18 which I knew was a really quick pace for me as my 5km personal best (PB) was 17:50. The 10km marker came up very quickly and I now have a 10km PB of 37:11. This was a 3 minute improvement in my PB from earlier in 2019. At the 10km marker I knew I just had to keep going and hang on. I reached the finish in a time of 1.00:57. This is a 3.48 min per km pace and a 6.07 min per mile pace. So, overall this was a very successful race in my eyes and I am really happy with my performance.
I would like to thank Smith Heath and Infrastar for their continued support. Infrastar have supplied me with my new racing kit for the season – please see the attached photographs and Blog will follow.
Finally I’d like to thank Mark Threfall for your advice and guidance over the past 10 weeks. I am already seeing that it is making a difference.
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