My friend Sonia was running her 7th half marathon there so it was a good excuse to catch up with her and support her too!
|Me and Sonia a little while before she started her race|
It was a pretty small field for the 5km. The gun went off, and so did all the wee kids and teenagers. I settled into a nice rhythm near the rear, across the grass (about 100m) then up the short sharp hill for the first long straight. It was a fairly mean headwind, with a little drizzle, but altogether not too bad. A couple of road crossings, a few sweeping corners with nasty camber, then I was at the turn around point already!
The second half was awesome, with a net downhill (gradual) and tailwind. I started picking off runners as I went, which is always fun. Just another reason to plan negative splits for a 'race'! I had the watch set to show 'average pace' as a feedback to see how I was going. It was dropping gradually as I ran which was encouraging.
Finishing on the grass was hard work but I tried to put a bit of a sprint on to finish strong. 28:11 on my watch and I was thrilled. Faster than I was expecting and a new record for Terry's watch:
|Hubby's watch is awesome! He hasn't been able to use it yet, so I have the records on it!|
I connected the watch data to my phone to look at my splits, and was extremely happy to see that I'd achieved what I'd set out to do:
A quick drink and photo at the finish, then it was time to go and meet my family at McDonalds for a coffee and something to eat. Hubby and the big boys went off to the Steam Rail open day, and I took Mr 2 back to the park to watch Sonia finish her race. So proud to see her finish strong, 7 half marathons is pretty amazing!
All in all, it was a great day out, and I was on a bit of a high for the rest of the day afterwards. Can't wait to work torwards the next event, probably a 10km.