My second 10k race in two weeks, although this one was planned in months ago, in fact, I had planned to run the 2016 Sandbach 10k until I landed a place in the Great North Run which clashed so having missed out on the GNR this year, Sandbach was always on the cards.
I was running this one with my friend Alan who was looking to run under 1 hour after having a few niggles in the past couple of weeks. I was in two minds whether to run a fast one as I am feeling quite good again now after getting three weeks of injury free running in or take it steady as Berlin is only two weeks away. I got there nice and early to bag a good parking space for a fast exit… always planning ahead!! collected my race number and did some stretching. There was a physio there offering some free injury prevention advice which I thought was really good. Alan went to see her about his niggles and had some good feedback which will help him. I also learnt that I have not been pulling my laces tight enough meaning there was too much movement of my foot in the shoe. She pulled them tighter for me, so I thought I would give it a go. The only reason they were a little slacker than usual was due to fitting the timing tag to my laces last week.
The start line for this run was roughly half a mile down the road so we walked down there and lined up towards the back. I was still in two minds about running steady or quick but thought from here it would be tough to go sub 42 so I will aim for 7 min miles and just see how the first mile goes running through traffic (people).
As we set off I left Alan to run his race and started to zig zag around to get to some space, I felt quite boxed in at time down the narrow lanes but I did line up at the back. After a sluggish start I got into my stride and ran the first mile in 6:46, this made up my mind that I would run as quickly as I can, maybe stick around 6:46 for the next five miles. The course was pretty flat all around, one slight incline where the road went over the train tracks in mile 2 & mile 6 on the way back. The lanes were nice to run on and once I was out in a good space I could pick people down the road and use them as a target to come through the field. I had a bit of an issue at the water station in mile 4 where I lost around 15 seconds after missing the cups but then decided to double back to get a cup of water anyway. It wasn’t a hot day, in fact it was quite chilly but I thought staying hydrated should keep me going for the next 2.5 miles.
Official chip time was 41:41, beating last weeks TATTON 10k by 32 seconds and setting my 2nd fastest 10k but still over 1 minute off July’s PB. Overall I came in 27th and 14th senior male. Feels a little odd being classed as a senior at the age of 35?
Splits 1-6.2 Miles: 6:46, 6:36, 6:32, 6:53, 6:48, 6:48, 6:26
I really enjoyed this low key local event, running with the local club runners was really good fun and the event which was organised and ran by the Sandbach Striders was impeccable from start to finish, organised really well, marshals were fantastic all around the course and the cake stall went down a treat with my daughter, the massive gingerbread man kept her entertained while I was out running. I will definitely be back in 2018 and shall be running and support more local events like this in 2018 as opposed to the bigger, crowded national runs. A local run like this puts the fun back into running and supports the local community.