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Blackwater 10k Race

This race was held on the 17th May 09.

To finish a hectic weekend of driving and activity the last thing on the agenda was to run a 10km race. I'd never run a race of any sort before so I didn't really know what I was letting myself in for but "how bad could it be?"

Training had been far from ideal, one guy asked me had I "been doing much miles", my reply was , "oh yeah, I ran 2.5km on Tuesday" I think the shock of that was what caused him to stumble. Prior to that I'd probably gone for a 5km run about 3 weeks ago.

The race started and I faced my biggest problem, how far is 10km? When I run I leave my house and go for a run, I've no idea how far I run, nor do I know what my pace is in terms of mins/km. The upside of this is that ignorance is bliss, the downside was that I started off too slow. I caught up with another runner at 2-3km and got chatting, his goal was about 55mins, I figured that was ok so ran with him. At 5km though I began thinking that he was a bit slow so took off. I would've liked to run under 50minutes but at this stage I knew I had held back for too long and now had too much to make up in the second 5km. Not knowing how long 10km is, I still held back a little bit and when I got to 7km I was still feeling energetic so I upped the pace a little more and still had fuel for a sprint finish (just 'cos it feels good).

How did I do? My final time was 51minutes 28seconds. I'm happy with that but know I can do better. I ran the first 5km in 27:30 and the secnd 5km in 23:58
Now I've got to set a goal for next time.....

About the course, it was through the Rossmore forest park just outside Monaghan town with most of it on forest trail with lots of twists and turns so there was no fear of monotony. As a course I absolutely loved it, running through the forest is so much nicer than running on the roads. Maybe I should try cross country, hmmm.....

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