Newcastle 10k Road Race
I’m still trying to decide if I like 10k races or not. I must reconcile the fact that I’m not the quickest thing on two legs with the fact that I love racing and want to get quicker. On the face of it, 10k should be ideal. I love the Half Marathon and this distance, especially in a race, is ideal speed training to improve my times over 13.1 miles.
Unusually for me, I wasn’t particularly up for this race. There were no pre-race jitters and it was simply a case of getting it over and done with…….not a good way to head into a tough race and certainly no way to a PB.
The weather was blustery but at least the sun was shining (at least for the first half) and I had not looked at the course profile so wasn’t aware of the steep climb for the first couple of miles. Had I have known, I may have stayed at home and watched the F1!
The first two miles confirmed (as if it was ever in doubt) that a positive frame of mind is needed in a race. I really struggled in the first two miles and at one point wanted to stop and walk, something I’ve not experienced for a long, long time. At the top of the climb I did manage to pull myself together and get some semblance of a rhythm together.
The last few miles were a case of, head down and get it over and done with, then chalk this one up to experience. Steve Jones was my target throughout the race. I could see him just ahead the whole way round but after he kicked on at the 2 mile point I just couldn’t close the gap he opened up. I tried a couple of times but the elastic had well and truly broken. To make matters worse I found out afterwards that he had run 13 miles the day before! To be fair he seemed fresh as a daisy and ran really well so hats off to him.
Actually my pace wasn’t all that bad; not great but it was the physical feeling that was worst. I finished in 43:45 and to be honest was very glad that it was over.
The race itself was great, well organised and for a local 10k race, well supported too. The route was undulating and quite scenic in parts. After the halfway point the bulk of the running is well earned downhill racing. You can just relax and let gravity do the work (as long as the wind isn’t blowing!). I would definitely do it again, only this time with my proper running head on.