Post-Race Recap

The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.

This past Sunday (10th July) I ran the We Love Manchester 10k, and boy, it kicked my arse!

About the race

The We Love Manchester 10k sarts and finishes at SportCity in Manchester, home of the commonwealth games in 2002. Also home to the Etihad stadium, where Manchester City football club play their home games. The race is a large lap with a 2km loop at the end to finish up Mancunian way and back in the stadium.

I won’t lie, it’s not the most picturesque race, but it was a spectacularly well organised event (Sports Tours International / UK Fast) with a good warm-up, a quick start and finish process, a goody bag (with tech t-shirt and medal) and lot’s of water available at the start, middle and end of the race.WeLoveManchester10k

Pace, where did you go?

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My complete lack of training for this event definitely showed on race day. Even RaceDaySelfiethough I wore my Garmin, I went out too quick and then ended up walking a lot. My first two kilometres were around 5:25 pace, my 6th was 6:45!

I set off thinking “this is going to be tough” and boy was I right. Race conditions were pretty awesome, it was overcast but not raining, but maybe a little warm for my liking. Had I trained, it wouldn’t have been a problem, but I found myself gagging for a drink of water by 3 1/2km, and I don’t carry a bottle so had to wait until the water station at 5km. I then carried this for the rest of the race and found myself walking for 30 second stretches whilst I took in some liquid.

I finished with a chip time of 1 hour and 2 seconds, damn that last bit of walking! I was kicking myself after the race thinking why didn’t I just push that bit harder…but at the end of the day, I wasn’t physically prepared.

Here’s a post-race sweaty selfie for you, look at that fringe!

Post-race selfie

I felt pretty crappy after the race, and even though I hydrated well I still got a banging headache. I persevered though, and celebrated finishing with a glass of prosecco and some vegetable pasta with smoked bacon. Savoy cabbage, soy beans, courgette, soup pasta, smoked bacon and black pepper Boursin, delicious!

Pasta vegetables bacon

My next race is Salford 10k on September 4th, and I PB’s last time, so I’m hoping that I can get somewhere close to that time again (54:43) with a good amount of training. It also fits in nicely with our holiday, and I’ll tell you more about my holiday count-down later this week!

Have you run any races or competed in any sporting events recently? Did you do better or worse than you planned?
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Friday Round-Up: Game Changer…

You guys, this morning I added half an avocado into my normal smoothie recipe and it was a game changer!  So smooth and velvety and helped to create a much creamier taste. I also feel fuller! It’s definitely something I’ll be adding regularly.

Smoothie Bowl

Last night I ran 9.1km in 55 mins, and considering I only started running properly again 2 weeks ago, I’m happy with the time. I’m now going to concentrate on building stamina through long runs and strength/speed through HIIT and leg work, so that hopefully come June I can run a sub-56 10-km in Manchester. Then I’ll be looking to go sub-54 at Salford in September.

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It was my birthday this week, so I’ve been gorging on chocolate and sweet treats, and over indulgent meals. I also have a big girls night out planned on Saturday, so I’m not feeling my healthiest, but I am feeling happy with life outside of my 9-5. Work sucks!

The stress and anxiety has definitely had a negative affect on my exercise and health, but I do have a job interview on Monday for something I could get really passionate about! The only downside is its part-time, and I need full-time hours, but I’m looking into supplementing the job with freelance work if I get it! I’ll keep you updated.

Happy weekend everyone!
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Back in training

There’s no such thing as a bad run

Once you’ve finished! But 80% of the time during my treadmill runs, I hate them! All I can do is look at my distance, look at the time, look at my distance, look at my time in a never ending cycle of self-punishment. You decide to look ahead, or switch songs on your phone, thinking that a couple of minutes must have passed, but then you look again and it’s only been 23 seconds!

Treadmill running quote

So why do I run? Because after I’ve finished, I feel invincible. And on those days where I get to run outside or I’m just really feeling it, even being on a treadmill knowing I have 18 minutes left of a 20 minute run feels great!

And so I’m back in training! I’ve signed up for the Leeds Abbey Dash on November 15th, a 10km that boasts a flat fast course so I’m hoping to PR again, and get under 54:30.

I’m also contemplating signing up for a marathon next year. I’m 50/50 at the moment, as I’d really like to run a marathon before I’m 30 (April 2018) but working full time means that I have limited treasured time with my little girl when I’m not at work and she isn’t in bed. It would need to be a late summer race so that I could get in some hours on an evening after she’s asleep and before it gets dark, I’ll keep you posted!

bacon, egg, spinach, potatoesToday’s lunch was leftovers from last night. Boiled eggs, baby spinach, smoked bacon and some new potatoes. The picture is from a search on Google Images as I was too greedy to take a picture:-)

 

 

Are you working towards any fitness goals?
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