So following on from the trail 10k last weekend down in Wales, I decided to just go for it and enter the Lichfield 10k.
This event is organised by my running club and most of the club members were marshalling the course but as I only joined this year I was allowed to enter.
I knew part of the course as I’d done a few training runs, but I’ve never done the whole route. I had a time of 60 min in mind when I started off, but soon decided that wasn’t going to be unachievable and so tried to keep up with the 65 min pacer.
The course was pretty steady to begin with, but then you reach the dreaded Darnford Lane which seemed like a never-ending road of hills and by the time I reached the top, I was really feeling drained.
I basically plodded for the last 2k of the race as my right leg was giving me some pain, still I kept the 65 min pacer in sight for as long as I could!
I’m pleased to say that I crossed the finish line dead on 65 mins, so I was really chuffed with that. On the downside, I had severe pain in the back of my right leg and hobbled home to do some stretching!
Unfortunately, my leg didn’t ease off and I ended up at Physio and yay, I have a small hamstring tear, so no running for a few weeks for me. Looks like upper body training at the gym instead!