My first 10k in over 20 years

Today I did something that I’m incredibly proud of. I took part in my first race in over 20 years. It was the Richmond Park 10k and the last time I entered a race of this size (or any race at all for that matter) was back in 1994 when I completed the Seaford 10k.

I kept my entry into the race and my training sessions a secret because pretty much everyone in my life loves to criticise and make fun of me because of the simple fact that I’m doing something that they can’t do. And I was really struggling with my training runs and any amount of criticism or sarky comments would have helped me to just give up.

I didn’t put in as many training runs as I would have liked to because looking after my father and some other issues cropped up and I happily used those as an excuse not to run. I didn’t even manage a single 10k training run!

Below is a schedule of the training runs I managed to do:

Week One (March 9th-15th)

Monday 2.6km (1.61 miles) 00:18:36 07:09 per km
Wednesday 3.21km (1.99 miles) 00:24:29 07:37 per km
Friday FAILED TO RUN

WEEK TWO (March 16th-22nd)

Monday 5.20km (3.23 miles) 00:38:53 07:28 per km
Wednesday FAILED TO RUN
Friday 1.54km (0.95 mile) 00:09:54 06:25 per km

WEEK THREE (March 23rd-29th)

Monday 4.86km (3.01 miles) 00:33:42 06:55 per km
Wednesday FAILED TO RUN
Friday FAILED TO RUN

WEEK FOUR (March 30th-April 5th)

Monday 3.54km (2.19 miles) 00:26:13 —————-
Wednesday FAILED TO RUN
Friday FAILED TO RUN

WEEK FIVE (April 6th-12th)

Monday FAILED TO RUN
Wednesday 3.94km (2.44 miles) 00:25:07 06:37 per km
Friday FAILED TO RUN

WEEK SIX (April 13th-19th)

Monday 6.55km (4.06 miles) 00:45:53 07:00 per km
Wednesday FAILED TO RUN
Friday 4.38km (2.72 miles) 00:29:49 06:48 per km

WEEK SEVEN (April 20th-26th)

Monday 4.41km (2.74 miles) 00:32:42 07:24 per km
Wednesday 9.37km (5.82 miles) 01:09:52 07:27 per km
Friday 5.37km (3.33 miles) 00:45:59 08:33 per km*

* The last training session I did was very slow because about half way into it I needed a shit and it is nigh on impossible to run when you are busting for a dump. As far as I am aware Vicky Park – despite it’s size – only has one set of public toilets and they were on the other side of the park. It was a VERY long walk/run.

RACE DAY (April 25th)

Saturday 10k 01:03:30 06.21 per km

1 hour 3 minutes and 30 seconds, not bad for a fat cunt who hasn’t done any sort of proper running in over 20 years, is it?

I was in for a shock when I turned up as they use a chip to time you that goes through your shoelaces and for weeks I thought it was a lace sensor wiring thingy! The last time I entered a race (back in 1994) they issued you with a raffle ticket as you crossed the line which was the place you finished and you would hand this in to get your time.

Oh how times have changed!

But I thoroughly enjoyed the run and no sooner had I grabbed my medal then I was sitting in a local pub supping a pint of Young’s bitter and planning my next 10k.

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