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I just ran in a 10km event with Mo Farah - he beat me!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

emoticon Of course he did!! As I was crossing the finish line, he was receiving his trophy for coming first, but at least I got to see the Olympic 10km champion in the flesh and know that I ran in a race that he was competing in.

He finished the course in 29 minutes. I finished in 47.44. It still astounds me that people are doing a 10km course at double the speed I am - how do they do it?

I'm very happy, though. I achieved a new personal best and I managed that without runkeeper telling me how fast I was going (it stopped working for some reason and kept informing me that I had completed 0.00km in 0.00 seconds - very unmotivating!!)

My IT band started hurting at the 8km mark. I realise now that this was probably because I was going much faster than I usually do (Training is about 5.30mins/km; races are usually about 5mins/km). I need to start taking my strength training more seriously, especially with me starting to increase my mileage. The pain is not so bad now, and I know it will be gone in the morning, but it's enough of a warning light for me as it has started playing up quite a bit towards the end of my runs and my training has been quite steady and good over the last few months. I have no races coming up - but I am thinking of signing up for a 15km in July as prep for the half marathon I would like to do in September. This means I can take time to train properly - and include the strength training that I really don't do enough of!!

I'm reading 'Running with the Kenyans' by Adharanand Finn at the moment. In the most recent chapter I read he describes how before he heads off for a run he never thinks it's a good idea. He then goes on to say how it's only after the run that he understands why it's a good idea!! I really related to that comment. The big discipline for me at the moment is getting my running shoes on and out the door, but once I'm home I feel so fantastic - even if it's been a hard run, or I'm aching a little bit - that I know why I have to keep doing it. I certainly feel that way this evening.

So, onwards and upwards!! Let's see if I can manage this mileage increase well.

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CHICA_BORICUA 5/30/2013 7:03AM


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LOOKINGUP2012 5/27/2013 5:06PM

    Thanks for sharing your awesome accomplishment!

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MOBYCARP 5/27/2013 3:05PM

    No matter how fast you run, someone is always running faster . . . even if his name isn't Mo Farah. 47:44 is a respectable 10K time for us recreational runners.

I guess I'm not going to be competitive with the Kenyans, because I rarely think a run is a bad idea when I start. Sometimes I think so afterwards, but I'm working on that.

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KRISZTA11 5/27/2013 2:25PM

    Congrats to the 10K, you ran an awesome time, even if Mo Farah was somewhat faster!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/27/2013 2:19PM

    That is so cool that you got to see him and run in a race with him. I've run a few 5ks the last couple years and now I'm working towards maybe a 10k soon.

I also start out thinking "this is a bad idea" but feel incredible when I finish.

Thanks for sharing your day!


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ANATASHIKI 5/27/2013 1:08PM

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