Forest of Dean 10k

Or, for a possibly more official name, "Skechers Performance 10k Trail Run".  Who knows.

I'm sure I've mentioned many times before how much I love the Forest of Dean.  This run was on fireroads and decent forest paths, and on a warm sunny day that meant no mud on my shoes.  Lovely.  There were around 200 runners (plus others doing 5k/1k), and a choice of medal colours.  I went for the one that didn't involve any pink...

Starting at the Speech House field, the route headed to Mallard's Pike.  Downhill!  I also started off too fast (not a surprise).

medal and ice cream
Well deserved ice cream, and some bling

Once over the lake, we started on what seemed to be a never ending hill.  I tried my best to keep going, but I ended up walking a few times.

There were two water stations, at about 3.5 and 7km ish.  Turns out I can't drink from a plastic cup and keep moving, even if I slow down - which is not ideal.  If I take water on a normal run I've got one of those stupid 'hole in the middle' running flasks, or more recently a soft bottle which is much easier to deal with (also good for rucksack side pockets, bike jersey, ski jacket, etc etc)

me running
this was at about 9km - it's more of a grimace than a smile

My goal was to come in at around an hour, ideally just below - my previous PB being 1hr02.  Well, I smashed it, running just over 58 minutes.  Very happy about that :)

This may be famous last words, but I don't think it's going to be too difficult to knock more time off with a bit more practise/training over the next couple of months...


One Comment

  1. clare's gravatar

    Well done. A very well deserved ice-cream.
    That's a fab medal, whenever I've received one they look more like they came out of a Christmas cracker.

    clare | 26th May 17 12:19

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