Woke up just before the alarm, slowly and calmly got dressed and had my smoothie for brekky. I had set out all my gear last night so was not fishing things out of the wash.
Set off at about 7:50. A frustrating drive across the city, got halfway to bloody Caulfield and then turned back. Made it to Albert Park with 10 min to spare. I realised on the way that I had forgotten my garmin watch. Dang.
I was very frazzled when I got to the Park, but I saw Tony and Shells. I pinned my race number on and went to line up to start. Just before the gun went off, I realised I forgot to put on my timing chip. DANG #2!!! I had a mad search for it, but it was a bit blowy and the chip is probably now sitting at the bottom of Albert Park lake with all the corpses.
I ended up starting with all the walkers, and there was ducking and weaving for the first 6 km.
I told myself to relax and enjoy, and actually managed to do this. I put on runkeeper, as I had my iphone with me. I remembered my first Queen of the Lake, 2 and a half years ago, and how I managed only 5km and walked half of it.
It was blowy in parts, but I followed Tony’s advice and didn’t strain into the headwind, but picked up speed with a tailwind (not that there were many!).
I felt fairly fresh at the 5km mark. I cheered on the winner; “Go Girl….I mean, Boy!” I saw him look back slightly and smile.
I saw the guy dressed entirely in red (even with a red balaclava over his head), and given that he was walking, I made him cheer me on.
There were many little hairpins, grassy bits to run over, and eroding bits to watch the ankle on, so the course was not the best.
I felt like I was going a pretty good pace, but did not completely empty the tank. I had a few niggles during – my right foot, my left hip, but altered my stride to manage them.
I got 2 phone calls during the race, both of which were from my mum. I did not answer.
I finished in 70 minutes something, the Runkeeper had the course at 9.8km.
The time is about a minute faster than my 2 previous 10km runs…..I was a bit disappointed by the time, I had thought I was quicker. But all miles in the legs, all learning experiences.
The wonderful Tony dropped me home so I didn’t have to catch public transport, which was good, because I had a mean case of butt-crack chafing, making walking uncomfortable, and showering after even more so.
I am a bit tuckered out now, and need a kip, will probably feel better after that. Tony advised more “tempo” type runs – ie doing the Prinny park fun run or something, to increase my speed – any further tips would be good – I feel I have plateaued a bit. I might give the impact exercise a miss this for the next few days, as I have a few creaky bits.