Runners on their way to the start.
I have a goal to run 2000 races before I retire from running and after Sunday my total sits on 1253 races. I keep count of the number of races I run for all the distances from 10km, 15km, 21.1km (half marathon), 32km (20 miles), 42.2km (marathon), ultras, and non-standard (any other distance).
The 10km race counter was at 135 for two years so the main goal of yesterday’s race was to add another one to get it to 136.
Finish area at Northgate.
The morning started cold but in the end the weather was perfect for running. I estimate about 600 to 700 runners started the race.
Waiting for the start.
We started on time at 7:30 and I made my way around the normal front of the pack walkers…this never ends does it?
On our way!
I decided to run the first half comfortably to see what my legs felt like after the trail training of the previous day. I felt good despite my normal sluggish feeling I usually have the first 7 to 8km of any run.
About 2km into the race, all good.
There were a few hills in the first 6km but I could run them easily, never pushing too hard. My legs felt the week’s training a bit, but I felt strong at the same time.
Last real hill between 6 and 7km.
The last 3km were more or less flat and I started feeling better and better towards the end. It was great to feel some fitness over the shorter distance and I could feel the tough hills I’ve been running on the trails at altitude (Johannesburg is at about 6000ft) is helping the lungs a lot.
In the end I cruised home and was happy to dip under an hour for the 10km. My time was 58:59 and for me that is just right.
Happy with my time!
The moment I stopped I felt rested. I was not tired in any way and I feel I have a good base to start my serious training for July and August, my two most important training months of the year.
Medal for the 10km.
I'm not sure when I'll be doing a 10km race again. There may be one in December that I will do.
Next up is the 20km Vaal River Trail Race this Sunday at 08:00. Have a great week everyone!