First RR10 of the season – Royal Victoria Country Park

Running with Sharon at RVCP RR10

Yesterday was the first RR10 of the season. My first race with Lordshill was the last RR10 of the 2011 season. Last year I struggled because I had so many injuries, so I’d like to do well this year.

Getting my excuses in early

I knew that I wouldn’t be able to run well for a variety of reasons. These include still being tired from Paris marathon and being seriously overweight. I can’t seem to stop eating at the moment. Another excuse that I had was that although I had my trail shoes, I had left the insoles at home on the radiator. This meant I didn’t know how comfortable my shoes would be.

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The race didn’t start too badly, so I ran the first lap (until the beach) with Alice and Becky. I knew I would not be able to maintain their pace and my right leg was hurting again.

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I absolutely hate running on sandy beaches The combination of shale, shingle and sand on Netley beach is horrible. However, I didn’t get any in my shoes which was a relief.

Lap 2 of the RR10

I slowed down considerably on my second lap and was overtaken by Lynda and Luana. I decided that I should keep fighting, especially as there was a Hedge End lady on my shoulder. Eventually, I caught up with the  Cox ladies and passed them on the lovely downhill towards the beach. I then knew I just had to keep going to the finish. Fortunately, Tom Muddiman was near the bottom of the final hill giving encouragement.

The finish

I finished in 98th place, which is not a position I’m pleased with, but at least it gives me something to beat in the next race.

After I’d finished, I did a final loop to encourage Sharon, which was much more fun than trying to race it.

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I’ve just looked at the results from last year’s race at Netley. I finished in 98th position then as well. Interestingly, I didn’t really push myself last year. 🙁 Last year I finished in 55th position. If I want to finish in that position in my next race, I’m going to have to work hard!

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