So although I haven’t posted on the blog for a while, I’m going to kick things off again by catching up on a few race reports. So let’s get cracking with how things went at the Dewsbury 10K two weeks ago.
The Dewsbury 10K
The last 10K that I’d raced was not the best race of my life. After getting injured in the run up to the Leeds Abbey Dash, my running life was pretty grim. Unused to how weak I was, I’d gone off at tough pace that I thought would be manageable, and then ended up struggling and running really hard to finish in a time that I was really disappointed with. It was grim.
Abbey Dash 2017 training blog week 8/20
I didn’t need to finish this race to know things were going well. I was only two miles into the five miles of the Firefighters 5 (previously the West Yorkshire 5) to know that my day’s work was done. Last year I came into this race slightly undercooked having been ill in the run up and off training, but with some decent leftover form, and ran a respectable 29:46 for 6th round the hilly five miles around Birkenshaw.
Although I’ve been starting to come back into a little bit of form, it’s been a slow start to this training block. This was going to be a test of where my level is at the moment, and how on track I am for the Abbey Dash at the start of November.
So call it what you will – brave, foolhardy, stupid – but just a week on from completing the marathon in a new personal best, I’m on the start line of another race. I was running in the Vale of York 10 after taking the number of club mate in a transfer – a decision I made just a few days before the marathon.
My preparation for this race was unconventional, to say the least. I’d put a lot of effort into the marathon, so I thought I deserved a bit of time off. So much so in fact, that when I started getting into my kit at the gliding air strip that formed the start, I was putting on a pair of running shoes for the first time since taking them off at the end of 26.2 miles the week before. Total mileage for the week – zero.
The Vale of York is basically the area between Leeds and York, which is very very flat (with the first mile and a half taking place on a runway), so in theory it is definitely a PB course. My previous ten mile races – the Otley 10 and the Eccup 10 in 2017 were both definitely not flat, so I was hoping that the marathon form might be able to carry over, and that I could break my previous PB of 1:00:05 and go under an hour.