6.2 mile run: 701.1/1000 = 298.9 miles to go!

New race bling!

New race bling!

Well I’m not sure where it came from, but I got a new 10km PB today! 😀

After moaning the other day about how slow I seem to be at the moment, and wondering if I would even finish today’s Alcester 10km race in less than an hour, somehow I managed to pull a new personal best out of the bag – in my home town, no less! Yippee!

At the start

At the start

The Alcester 10km is a new race in the Midlands running events calendar, and after today I’m sure it will become an annual fixture. Very well organised, and there was a fantastic atmosphere on the high street where the race started and finished – the bunting was up, a live band was playing, and lots of supporters came out to cheer us on. Alcester dun arf love a community event!

Post-race refreshment! (It was alcohol-free - well, it was only 11am!)

Post-race refreshment courtesy of The Turks Head! (It was Erdinger alcohol-free – well, it was only 11am!)

The route is one I have run many times, and I’m not sure if this helped or hindered my mindset. I ran hard, and didn’t really start to enjoy it until I was well clear of the hill I knew was coming at around the 4 mile mark! I didn’t really intend to go so quickly, but once I’d got through the bottleneck at the race start, I found myself going quite hard yet feeling quite comfortable, so I decided to just stick at it for as long as I could. To my surprise, I found that I barely slowed down at all on the hill, flew down the other side and was soon on the lovely downhill stretch back towards the high street where I crossed the line in an official chip time of 53:57 – a PB by 4 seconds! Hurrah!

In terms of my 1000 mile challenge, I didn’t end up going to parkrun yesterday so I’m a bit short on miles this week. Regardless, this 10km has taken me over another 100 mile milestone, so time to put another £10 in the fundraising pot for CALM. It’s so nice to see that total miles-to-go at less than 300 now!!


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