Two weeks after been a little disappointed with my North Tyneside result, I was looking forward and raring to in the Blyth 10K. I was up early and out the house on time to travel to Alistair’s as he kindly offered me a lift. Feeling sure I had everything I needed, except on the way I discovered I forgot my trusty Garmin – great start. I didn’t have time to go back so had to just do without. We arrived in plenty of time; it was very warm sunny morning on the coast, felt more like a summers day.
We warmed up and before I knew it was time to go to the start. Still fretting how I would cope without running without a watch. I scoured about looking for a familiar face that maybe I could pace off, no luck. The gun went and I was off, it felt like I was running naked. The first mile was ok apart from being very congested on the footpaths, then came the turn onto the coastal path through the dunes for a couple of miles, there was a strong head wind which made it tough going! After the turn back it was much easier going and I felt I had the picked pace up, convincing myself I would be on for a sub-40!
This year’s route was slightly different in that you stayed on footpath all the way back rather than rejoin the path though the dunes, so it was certainly flatter and faster. At 6 miles I picked up the pace for a good strong finish, making up 4 or 5 places. Still convinced it would be a sub-40 I was so annoyed and frustrated learning my time was 41.08. Slower than my North Tyneside time on a course where 2 years ago I did 39.07. I can only assume I lost the time on the first 3 miles, but since I have no data to analyse I am only assuming. Felt a little better after speaking to Alister, Dougie and a few fellow club runners that conditions were quite hard today.
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