Gloucester 10k run

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When I last posted about my 'get the Strava 10k badge each month' challenge, I'd just failed at September because my race was too short and then I was too lazy to do another long run.  Happy to report that I'm back on track now!

October's 10k was another local race - but this time with a UKA verified course and entirely closed roads.

Well, mostly closed roads. Some sections were definitely closed off, some were possibly only closed in the direction of running, and other times there were just cars everywhere.  Maybe they were just being twats ignoring the signs, I don't know.

race photo
official photo by Charles Whitton Photography

It was cold, but sunny.  I'd gone for long sleeves, but no sunglasses. In hindsight, short sleeves would have been fine and sunglasses might have been useful.  Ah well.

Obviously I set off at far too quick a pace, but at least now I've sort of learned that lesson and did manage to slow myself to something more sustainable. In fact I only stopped to walk at the water station - because I still haven't figured out how you drink from a cup while running!

As we ran back into Waterwells business park, I knew we were near the finish line but couldn't see where it actually was, which was a bit annoying.  Turns out it was tucked away around a corner behind a building, so difficult to judge if/when to start on a sprint finish.

race medal

I'm really pleased with how this race went, especially as I set a new PB of 55.38!  The medal's quite nice too (even if my photography sucks)

#GetOutside day

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Ordnance Survey declared Sunday 30th September to be National Get Outside Day, which seems like an excellent idea to me.

I joined Zoe and Sarah for a '#GetOutside activity challenge' weekend - fitting as many outdoor activities in as possible. I was only available for the one day, but still managed to tick off quite a few thing.

Tilly and I met them at Robinswood Hill in Gloucester - very important to get 'dog walking' on the list! Here we are being unphotogenic at the toposcope - which is a bit shorter than the nearby trigpoint, and so easier to lift a slightly reluctant dog up on to!

standing on the toposcope

Once we'd finished our walk, I dropped Tilly back at home and grabbed my kit for our next activity: swimming in the Lido!

I've spent a lot of time in the lido, but never for swimming - only for canoe club sessions on a Thursday evening.  That's not to say I've never swum in the lido, of course ;) I know the water is heated, but it definitely feels warmer in summer than at the end of September, brrrr!  I forced myself to do 500m, and was happy that the sauna cabin was available for us to warm ourselves up in.

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Highnam Court Run

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My 2019 goal of "get the Strava 10k badge each month" hit a bit of a stumbling block in June when half way through being one of Those People who run to parkrun, run parkrun, then run home (total of 12km) I fell and sprained my left ankle.  And then stupidly thought I could 'walk it off' and kept going - managing a 31min parkrun, oops.  It didn't hurt that much until I took my shoe off - and then I couldn't walk for a couple of days.

So that ruled July out. I probably could have managed August but instead I was lazy and did barely 10k total all month.

And so to September, and the Highnam Court 10km run. Back on track with a race I've done twice before (in 2015 and 2016).  I wasn't expecting a great time (see aforementioned laziness) but was looking forward to it anyway as it's such a lovely location.

highnam court run 2018 medal

Sadly, the course had been changed a bit and despite the addition of an extra mini-lap, when I crossed the finish line my Garmin reported 56 minutes for just under 9km.  Disappointing.  Lots of others had recorded a similar distance, and there was a fair bit of grumbling going on.

Other differences this year - the race was in the afternoon rather than morning, and the 5k was done completely separately.  There certainly wasn't anywhere near as much of a bottleneck at the start as last time, which was an improvement.

I'd like to say I got a September 10k done later in the month but nope, still being lazy...  However I've entered another race at the end of October which is UKA certified, so it had better be the correct distance!