Monday 11 May 2009

My first post-baby race

The Women's 10K in Glasgow. It was my first ever race, so it's a bit like a birthday celebration for me. I don't think I would have signed up for this year's if it wasn't for the fact that I want to do it every year. Even if I have to crawl round (don't quote me on that). Today would be race number 8. I had no idea what to expect. I haven't done any speed work for over a year. And the 10Ks I did when I was preggers were just for giggles.

Basically I'm starting from a clean slate. A new personal best (PB) is now a new post baby (PB). Over the last two months it's been great monitoring the improvement ever time I go out. Hopefully this will continue until I meet and surpass where I left off.

Today's run was great. I loved every minute of it. How often do you get to say you loved a 10K? I think it was the no pressure and no preconceived ideas of time/splits/pace. I just started out steady and maintained the effort the whole way. I crossed the line in 48:57 with a huge smile, as it was way better than I had expected. I finished 324 out of 10740 runners, so I'm delighted. I think that's top 3%. Not bad for my first race back. It's onward and upwards me thinks.

Average pace: 7:49 Splits: 7:50, 8:01, 7:42, 7:56, 8:06, 7:31.

And for anyone who thinks this race is flat, here's proof that there are a few cheeky hills.

The race was won by Linet Masai in 31:30. Check out the picture I found on Flickr. Big Rob (worse than a man down) rubbing shoulders with the elite :-)


Rachel Jayne Stevenson/Rogers said...

Well done debs a great run and a brilliant come back! Rx

John Kynaston said...

Great run Debs. You were looking strong as you strode down that last road to the finish.

I'm expecting lots of pb's pb. Not that I want to add any pressure!!


Thomas said...

Debs, good to see you are not just enjoying the competition but also getting faster and faster again.
And incidently you are closing the gap to rival Sharon ;-)
I am looking forward to see you both both competing for the podiums.


Silke said...

Well done Debbie! I knew you would get under 50min easily! :-)

Subversive Runner said...

Top girl, Debs.

Anonymous said...

Nice one Debs - glad you are enjoying it - cheers Keith

Clare said...

speedy girl!!

"e Brutto" said...

Nice picture genuine smile and you are faster than me!

Vicky said...

Excellent run, well done. Love the picture of you and wee Cairn with 'his' medal.

Natalie D said...

i love the PB idea - glad it was a good race. That's so great you enjoyed it. Love how you said the pregnancy races were for giggles!

Billy said...

Well ran Debbie. Good to see your training's going well now.

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