Sunday, 10 May 2009

Penicuik 10k

Myself, Dean, Gillian and Martin were the only CAACers at the Penicuik 10k. I really enjoyed the race, although I'd definately describe this as my most 'eventful' 10k. The first km is flat but then the next 3km are all uphill, a steep hill at first and then a gradual incline for the remainder. My legs felt good, although I was concerned that a knee niggle I have at the moment would appear at some point. I was glad of the flat section after the hill. The weather conditions were however, some of the worst I've raced in I think. Cold, rain, wind and more wind. So much so, that at just under 4 miles, a strong gust blew my cap off into an adjacent field. It was my favourite cap from the London marathon and I wasn't leaving it in Penicuik!! So I made my way over the wire fence, into the field, retreived my hat and got back onto the course. The two women I'd just spent the last couple of km's closing down, overtook me once more and I had some catching up to do! I still felt strong, but the knee pain started to make itself known and the last couple of miles were very painful. Fortunately, the last section was mostly downhill and so I pushed on till the end. I finished in a time of 45:46 which I was pleased with considering the conditions and slight detour. We were all very cold by the end of the race, but were rewarded with a shiny medal, a hot drink and all the home baking we could eat!!

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