I just thought I'd write a quick blog post about my first race back after injury. I've recently had Sciatica which took almost 6 weeks to get over but thankfully I am now back to full training despite feeling quite unfit. I have been working with my new strength and conditioning coach Richard Condon who is based in Chalkwell over the last 2 months and I can't thank him enough for helping me develop my strength, power, and flexibility.
My first race back was a few weeks ago which was the British 10k in London. After winning this race last year I almost felt obliged to run again this year. Me being confident thought I could 'bluff' my way through a 10k with only 2 weeks of running under my belt but we all know how races turn out when you haven't done enough training!
The race started off fairly steady going through the first 1k in 3.05.. at this point I felt quite relaxed. After a few more kilometres went by Scott Overall started to put the boot in and pull away from the rest of the field. I must admit.. I was feeling knackered at around 6k and just tried my best to hang on to whatever pace I was running. Scott finished in around 31mins and I was 3-4mins behind finishing 11th. Obviously to some people finishing 11th out of a field of 10,000 runners would be a great achievement but when you put hours of training in each day and try to devote your life to running you always feel like you should be running your best.
My next race is a time trial at Southend Park Run this weekend (29th July) I am hoping to run as close to 15mins as possible. This should set me up nicely for the Twlight Ipswich 5k I am running in the middle of August.
I hope everyone's training is going well!
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