Sunday, 6 September 2009

5 Miles - Fittleworth Five, Fittleworth

Did the Fittleworth Flyers 5 miler today, having only done race for life before. Its a fairly small, mostly club runners run, in preparation for my 10km in a few weeks.

Been feeling pretty nervous about it all week, and when I arrived 90% of the runners had club vests on. I reminded myself that it didn't matter where I came, my goal was to finish, and preferably in under 60 minutes.

The course was much hillier than I'd expected - after the first corner was a steep hill about 1/2 mile long and the path was only wide enough for 2 people! Had to walk up the last part (not great) but the shot off down the otherside, overtaking about 10 people :) The ground was very uneven throughout - boulders the size of your head, roots as thick as thighs and rabbit holes etc - required strong ankles!

Managed the second half faster than the first half and also a sprint at the end (I do love a good sprint finish!)

According to my HRM my time was 59:20 - just made it under 60 minutes! Am still waiting for the final results to be posted - the provisional ones are up, but I think they're wrong. I crossed the line just after 2 other women and yet they've put my time down as 60:40 with the person before me at 59:30. Should I email them if the final results say the same?

Feel a bit disappointed with today's run and can't work out why - didn't get that feeling of elation after finishing it. Maybe its because I did it on my own - no one cheering me at the end (well, no one I knew!).

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