Another day, another race write-up. Today’s post is all about the Larne 10K which took place on Saturday 8th September 2018.
I was much more nervous about this event than the previous Laganside race; simply because I didn’t know the course. In all fairness, I didn’t even know Larne so seeing the route, I wasn’t too sure if there were any hills or how it would look when I was there. However, because my previous race had gone so well, I wasn’t too worried about not being able to run as well as I had done then. That was until I went out on a run a few days before the race…
My training had been downhill this particular week. I had planned a 6.5K run mid-way through the week but I only managed to run 2K before giving up. I know that now I can look back and reflect to tell myself that a run is better than no run, but when you are training for a race, it’s very hard to tell yourself that. The build-up to the race had had a dampener put on it because of this.
It was quite a nice race to attend for a number of different reasons; we got to head up on the train to somewhere I had never explored before. Being so used to getting the bus, I do love the train sometimes. I was also excited to run another 10K because even though my training hadn’t been the greatest lately, I wasn’t letting myself down in terms of times so I was happy to improve that and possibly add more routes to my belt too.
The route started off with my favourite method, downhill! This can cause some trouble especially if you feel like you’re going too fast at the beginning but I had Scott to keep me right and I asked him a few times and he said I was going fine. We then went through the town centre and there were tons of supporters from consumers to even some shop owners, which I thought was really nice. Once we got out of the town, we headed down to the coast and I never realised how pretty it is there and it’s one of the main reasons I would love to head back again. At around this point on the first lap, Scott started to get a pain in his calf so he told me to run on. It turns out that I might have went too fast because he said as soon as I left, I passed quite a few people so I probably got too excited. I then turned a corner and seen a hill, and it wasn’t just any hill, it was quite a steep hill. I wouldn’t have been so annoyed but Scott had told me it was a flat course from what he thought. Part of me thought that he pulled back from me because he knew how annoyed I would be, but it turns out, he did actually hurt his calf. I was able to run up the hill almost to the three quarter point, but it was a slow run. The second time going up the hill was really a run-walk-run because it had exhausted me.
I started to tire out at the 5K mark and I felt really disappointed in myself. I had to stop more in the second lap to walk and while it wasn’t all the time, it was more than two or three times. I try and not walk in a race but I think it’s something I need to come to terms with that I will do it at some point. At the mid-way mark, I was convinced that I was going to get a bad time, I didn’t think I would get close to my best time, especially with the hill. I wasn’t aiming for a personal best, I never do but I was disappointed that I felt like I had done so badly. As with any race, I seen the finishing line but it was a while before I could really power through so I was about 100m away and I bolted. I had loaded up my Strava before the finish so I could click the stop button as soon as I was done. When I crossed the line, I looked at my Strava and it said 01:06:23 and I was in shock. I would have expected one hour and ten minutes so I was over the moon because I really pushed for it. As it turns out, it’s my second best 10K time which made the experience even better.
I would one hundred percent compete in this race again; it was such a fantastic atmosphere and it was pretty rare that you didn’t have someone shouting support, which was really nice especially when you were struggling. I’m glad that I know about the hill now because I think my pacing would be better the second time around; I know now where to push and where to pull back. It was very well organised race too, and it was clear from the get-go that it was. The starting and finishing line were very apparent, it started pretty dead-on time too and there was a great turn out.
Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I know that race write-ups aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and that’s perfectly fine but I like that I now have a written history of each one to let me know how I’m progressing each and every time.