Second race of the year…..done!

Today I completed my second Innovation Sports Clapham Common 5K, and I did alright.

Arriving at the pagoda in Clapham Common. Runners starting to arrive.

Runners heading over to the Registration area.

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.

Me. Looking fresh faced before the start of the race.

My Race Number.

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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! 😉

Finished & with a medal in hand!

XXX

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Sunday is almost here!

I’ve got another 5K coming up on Sunday. It’s the Clapham Common Innovation Sports Series, and I’m quite excited. I’ve done this one before, so will feel more comfortable running it as I’m now familiar with the course. So, I’m confident that I’ll do okay.

My main aim, is just to beat my time I logged on my previous race. If I can do that, I’ll be proud of myself. When I ran the previous Clapham Common 5K, I finished third or second from last, and I’ll be honest, it really wasn’t a great feeling. I struggled through the race and the last kilometre was the hardest. Mainly because I thought I was closer to the finish than I actually was. It more mental than physical, and that defeated me in the end.

So, with that in mind, there are a couple of things I want to do differently this time:

  1. Concentrate on running more on the balls of my feet and hopefully avoid serious shin splints.
  2. Take good care of my feet. The last two runs I’ve done in the park resulted in blisters on the inside of my right foot. So, I’m going to bandage them up and just be aware of how I’m running, and do it carefully.
  3. I’m taking my iPod/Nike tracker to know exactly how far I’ve run and how much I still have left to do. This way, I’ll be fully aware of where I am on the course and thereby cancel out the mental fatigue.
  4. I’m not going to do any exercise on Saturday, and will hopefully feel more rested before Sunday’s race.

Well, I’m confident that I’ll do well on Sunday and improve my time. So, spare a thought for little ol’ me pounding the park/pavements of Clapham Common on Sunday morning!

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