Longleat 10k

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Last week’s running was a bit interrupted by my poor youngest having a horrible virus and being ill all week.  I managed to fit in my threshold training run and last week seemed to bit of a rest week as I had 45 mins easy on the programme instead of the dreaded hills.  I didn’t manage to make that due to the littlest being at home, but I figured it wasn’t the end of the world as I had the Longleat 10k planned for Sunday.  I ran 50 mins on Saturday morning too.

The Longleat 10k was a great race.  I have done it once before – my very first race when I started running back in 2008 when I did it in 1:08.  It is an exceptionally hilly course but I gave it my all.  I had planned to meet Cat whose blog I follow but we didn’t manage to catch each other before the start.

Lining up at the start in front of the beautiful house was pretty spectacular.

At the start

At the start

Then we were off on the short flat start of the course to the first hill.  Which went on… And on! I had forgotten quite how hard and long it was.  Once you get to the top of this hill here is a lovely long downhill back to the start point and then another loop round past the house and up another hill through the woods.  I spent most of this time trying to work out whether the route was different from when I did it and came to the conclusion that it was (I was right).  I deduced therefore that the second time up the first horrible hill was now not included (I was wrong).

Those mean hills

Those mean hills

The legs were feeling very tired the second time around but I did feel that my hill training paid off as I did manage to maintain my pace.  I finished in 57:30 which I was really pleased with. We got a lovely lion medal at the end too!

Lion medal (pic courtesy of Cat)

Lion medal (pic courtesy of Cat)

And I did mange to meet up with Cat and her friend Nic and we went and had a very welcome hot chocolate afterwards.

Me, Cat & Nic

Me, Cat & Nic

All in all a good day and a a good opportunity to practice running a race on my own.  Bath Half next… 4 weeks to go.

Oooh, and did I mention my lovely new shoes? Finally got round to getting some so that I have plenty of time to break them in before London.

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