Saturday looked a lot like this….
Needless to say I wasn’t feeling in tip top condition for the Brooks Brighton 10K yesterday morning. Here’s how NOT to get a PB on race day:
- Lose/forget your race bib, so have to arrive really early to ask for a new one from the information- thank you very much to the lovely lady who gave me a bib and didn’t get cross with me!
- Not be able to eat anything before the race except a skinny latte
- Wait until 15 mins before the race to do you ‘business’ in a porta loo at the start line
- Forget your headphones so you have nothing to distract you from the pain
- Pretend to tie your laces at 1.5KM mark when you have to stop because you have a stitch
- Stop again three more times with a stitch under the guise of taking photos
- Walk for half a kilometre when said stitch won’t go away.
- Not charge your watch the day before so have no idea of your pace, at all.
- Guzzle half a bottle of water at the 6.5KM mark- cold water literally never tasted so good.
- Tell your spectator that you’ll finish within an hour, so they start worrying when it’s 1 min past and there’s no sign of you
- Ruin a brilliantly flat, perfect to PB course race because you are hungover.
Lesson learnt, RESPECT THE RACE- no matter what distance it is. I was too cocky yesterday, and it was awful. I felt so guilty when spectators and awesome race marshalls shouted encouragement, and it was frustrating that every time I thought I was feeling better and started to run faster, I got a stitch. I will never race on a hangover ever again!
Personal Worst time of 1.02.24.
This was a huge 10K with nearly 3000 runners, but it felt like a friendly, local race. It was well organised and had a brilliantly flat course- perfect for those striving for a 10K PB. I’ll be back next year to give it the effort it deserves.
Thank you to Brooks UK for a free entry to this race, hangover and resulting pain was all self-inflicted.