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By TPD (Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 07:58:14 AM EST) (all tags)

inside I finish the 10K

Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, tiebreak: Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, ...blank

As I may have mentioned once or thrice before, a month or so ago I was signed up to run the British 10K on behalf of my friend's charity*, not being the fittest or lightest person in the world I instantly regretted it. Surely she couldn't expect me to run, after all promises made drunk at a wedding are non binding right? But it appeared I WAS actually going to be held to my word and not a man to break his bond, I decided I would do it, if it meant being the bloke who drew derision by walking all the way!

The first couple of weeks training did not go well, trying to fit running around childcare, working and house purchasing/moving was not easy. The next 3 went slightly better, but I still struggled to get more than 1 or 2 runs in partly because I struggled to find time still, and partly because, my feet were hurting for days after each run (the toes on my left foot still feel like they might be broken every time I take a step).... So in the end my longest training run was 6K and that involved lots of walking!

The big day arrived... the team took quite some time to assemble at Embankment 12 of us in total 3 from work, and some more time after that to sort out our bags, and bladder emptying so much so that as we joined the end of the queue, the first wave of elite (and some less elite) runners was setting off. It would take us another 40 minutes or so to actually cross the starting line so the race had been decided before I took my first step.

Right from the start my run seemed painful, I was going faster than I wanted but as I found in training I did not have the ability to slow down, GoonerGirl (who at the time running besides me and not really bothered about time, having done 10Ks and even marathons a number of times before) was trying to encourage me to pace myself but it didn't really help, I ran along side her for about 15-20 minutes, but in the end waved her on, I needed a walking break and to complete the distance in my own hideously unsustainable fashion....

The next 20 odd minutes were hard, about 3 short(ish) stops to walk and catch my breath, but I was hurting, out of breath, dripping with sweat and feeling less than confident I would make it given I was feeling THIS BAD and not even half way. I just focused on getting to 5K. It arrived eventually! I'm not even sure if I consciously made the decision BUT around the 5K mark I definitely switched to a more regimented run-walk, if I managed to count to 30 running I would count to 30 walking, my runkeeper tracked activity looks very much like a saw head from this point, slightly disturbingly my average pace didn't really take a dive, the running parts became quicker knowing there was an end 20 or 30 seconds in sight. This way I continued to the end, my time according to my phone just after I crossed the line 82 minutes, well under the 90 minutes I feared it would be.... (I later discovered I had just beaten 80 minutes according to the official timing)

No it wasn't quick, yes every other of the 12 runners in our group had already finished, but I was happy, I had made it round, I was alive, and even if I had walked as much as ran the last 5 Km I knew I had put every ounce of effort into it I could!

I think I might have a week off (or longer if my toes still hurt), but the running and training continues, I have not signed up for anything but once I am confident enough that I will be able to run the distance without cheating and walking parts of it.... I will, in the words of Arnie, BE BACK!


  • 1km 7:38 - probably a fair bit faster as includes 20-30 seconds before the "start"
  • 2km 6:51
  • 3km 8:02
  • 4km 8:01
  • 5km 8:26
  • 6km 7:32
  • 7km 8:04
  • 8km 8:00
  • 9km 8:14
  • 10km 7:58

*still not too late to donate here
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Tiebreak by jump the ladder (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 12:50:52 PM EST
the Emirates is half empty.

I'm more of an Emirates half full type of guy by TPD (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 05:45:49 PM EST
which is still about the same number of people as full capacity Stamford bridge

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Tiebreak by gmd (4.00 / 2) #2 Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 03:31:31 PM EST
 Everyone is bored shitless and wishes football had never been invented.

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You finished! by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:52:18 AM EST

Running seems to benefit from sheer bloody minded hitting the road week after week, so keep at it ...

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Think I need to regain proper walking ability by TPD (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 07:37:11 AM EST
before worrying about running again, but when my foot's better I definitely will, though maybe after investing in some more cushioned trainers 

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