My second 10k of the Summer came around quickly on Sunday and I can’t say I felt ready for it at all! After Glastonbury, my training came to a halt and I found myself in a slight panic on Sunday morning, travelling to Central London.
Having already beaten my PB from 2014, 3 weeks ago at the Nike Women’s 10k, I didn’t see how I could do much better, so I aimed to stay on track with that and no slower. Ever since I took part in my first 10k two years ago, I’ve wanted to complete it in under an hour but that just didn’t seem realistic on Sunday!
I started off running with my friend, who not only has legs twice the length of mine, but she’s always been a good runner and athlete. I knew I’d lose her at some point, but starting with her really gave me a good fast start.
I hit a wall at 4km and honestly didn’t know how I was going to finish. When I reached 7km I tried to talk myself into trying harder and telling myself I could do it. When I finally saw the 9km sign, I knew I had enough time if I pushed hard enough, to finish in under an hour.
I’ve never felt so relieved to see the finish line before, I had blisters on my feet, my knees felt twisted and I’d almost lost my breathing pattern. I picked my feet up, willed my legs to keep going for the last km and finished the 10k in 00:59:38!! FINALLY, I’d achieved a sub 1hr 10k that I’d always wanted.
I could feel myself beaming over the finish line, which compared to a lot of people looking like they wanted to collapse, felt amazing!!
I genuinely don’t know how I managed it, but I couldn’t be happier. It’s proven to me that I can do anything I want to if I work hard enough. If I hadn’t of been doing Kayla’s BBG for the last 6 months, I would be so much weaker and I certainly wouldn’t have beat my PB! Maybe next time I’ll actually commit to running training as well and improve even more…!
This just shows, you don’t have to run for hours every day to be fitter. High Intensity, short workouts have improved my fitness massively and it’s something that I now love and will be continuing for a long time.
Every year, I say never again to the 10k…but maybe just one more in 2016? Haha!