View from Dee Why Beach the morning of the race (around 6:15am) personal photo
I did the Sun Run, a 6.5km run along the Northern Beaches of Sydney, with the start line a few kilometres from my parents house. Based on my current pace, I thought I could push a little harder and finish in under 50 minutes. I just forgot about one thing... the hills. Oh deary me, I run a lot of hills around home which is inevitable when living in an area such as mine with many hills, none are super steep, but they are alway there. It became quickly apparent that my training technique of "run as far up the hill as you can then walk to the top, then start running again" was a good one, but I got swept up in the lure of the crowd and didnt follow it. So, I found myself running most of the ways up the hills then being out of breath at the top and taking a little walk rest before I could get going again.
This would be fine, except my "running" up hill speed is so ridiculously slow, im actually certain that people walking were going faster than me. Then I would get to the flat or even downhill and I would need to walk? That is where I (obviously) run my fastest!
Anyway, in the end, I ran a 50'49", So I was precisely 50 seconds behind my target time of under 50 minutes. A long way behind the leading female who ran more than twice as fast as me! Later that day though I felt rather good, I was doing the shopping, cooking, stretching and using my foam roller a little. I didnt get particularly sore or tired and the next day I think my training paid off when I went for another run on some quite fatigued legs.
So, after my first training race, I have learnt a few things;
- Ensure you have your race number out the night before (very unlike me to be looking through my diary at 5:15am!)
- Go at my own pace, particularly up hills
- Charge phone the night before
- Bring my own water bottle to avoid crowds and trip hazzards at water station
Photo courtesy of the Sun Run Facebook Page
Any racing tips out there to help me prepare for my next race? A 10km in Canberra in April.