Today I completed my second Innovation Sports Clapham Common 5K, and I did alright.
It was quite a hot day, so I made sure I had loads of water before the start of the race. I met a friend of mine there and we did the run together. Although, he’s a lot fitter than I am, so he ran a much better time than I did. It was a good race though! I finished in 37mins.
Well, I stuck to all the points I wanted to from my previous post, and I think it really helped. In the end, I managed to shave 2mins off my previous time and I’m really happy with that. However, there’s something that keeps bugging me….
I know I can run 5K in 33mins. I’ve done it before. Although, truth be told, my average time for running a 5K is 35mins, and I can run it comfortably. Yet, come race day and I really struggle. Today was really hard for me, and here’s my theory why…
- The terrain was different from the route I normally do in the park. There were loads more uphills and downhills which could’ve slowed me down a bit.
- I think the simple fact that I’m actually participating in a race is quite intimidating to me and it might throw me off a bit.
- When I go for a run in the park, I’m not worrying or thinking about my pace. I just run whichever route I take a fancy to and end up finishing in a really good time. But when I run a race, I have to run in certain demarcated areas and routes, and I think this might mess with my head a little bit.
- Today, I ran with my Nike Ipod which keeps track of my pace, distance and time. It turns out the race course is actually 5.5K and not 5K as stated. So I did run an extra half kilometre, which means my finishing time is not too bad.
Well, all in all, I’m pleased with my run today. I achieved what I set out to, which was to beat my previous time for this race. I can only get better! So, I’ll leave you all with a shocker of a picture of me after the race! 😉