A very early start on a sunny Saturday morning for this ‘Self Transcendence 10K’ in Battersea Park. Races tend to be on a Sunday which allows me to have one or two beers (and yes I actually mean one or two) on the Friday, so I was quite disciplined going to the pub but abstaining completely.
I do a lot of my training in Battersea Park so I'm pretty comfortable with the surroundings and the course is as flat as a tattie scone. This gave me the confidence that I was well capable of a PB. However, I didn’t have the ideal preparation for this 8am 10K. After missing my train by about 30 seconds, I had a 2 mile run on my hands (well my feet), just to get to the start line! My initial thoughts were that this could cost me 30 seconds in the race! It would be a horrendous start to the weekend if I missed this though so I wasted no time and made it to Battersea Park just in time for registration, 15 minutes before the race was to start.
There looked to be quite a few serious club runners around me so knew I’d have a battle on my hands. My main aim was to get closer to that elusive sub-35 minute 10K though. I went out pretty quickly with the leading pack, but soon a few runners broke off and I was left to fight it out with one runner. Just like my previous 10K race I was in another battle and we pushed each other hard. I let him dictate the pace though as I felt I’d went out a bit too quickly. I kept covering any distance he pushed forward but I thought I was struggling. As always the battle was now body against mind. The course consisted of approximately 4 laps of the park so it was quite monotonous at times, but I’m used to doing 20-odd miles round there so I pushed on.
I could still see my fellow runner going into the final straight but still had a bit of distance between us. I always have a wee bit left in the tank at the end of 10Ks though so I hit the boost button and then with a sprint finish that Linford Christie would have been proud of I pipped him to the post! We actually ended up with the same official time but I stole the 6th (I didn't actually know what position it was at the time) position with the proverbial head.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I’d finished in 6th and that 1st – 7th men received a trophy which is above. More importantly I skimmed another 20 odd seconds off my PB and not far off that sub-35 10K! That's also my third 10K PB of the year and I don't intend to stop now. So altogether a great morning.
Unfortunately there are no photos from this race yet but I’ll post them when they appear.
Time: 35:25 (PB)