Sunday morning was an early wake up call. 6am to be precise, which was no where near as early as some people clearly got up in order to apply their full face of make-up (would have loved to see those girls at the end of the race). It was the Sydney Harbour 10km race and goodness me, did Sydney turn on a beautiful morning for the event! It wasn't even that cold, although I did still run in my long sleeve jumper.
I met up with some new friends to run the race and hopefully set myself a PB, apparently this is one of the fastest 10km races in Sydney and a lot of people were using it to qualify for National events and other longer running events that needed a qualification time. Glad I ran a PB, goodness me I may not have made it into the National running team!
Of course we had to get a pre-race photo in front of the beautiful Opera House with the sun coming up.
Then it was time to line up in our estimated time group (I had estimated 70 minutes, but at the time I thought that was quite optimistic considering my 77 minute time for the Manly 10km race. As we headed towards the Bridge I was just thinking to myself to try and remember all that stuff they keep saying at run club - lean forward, use your backside, look forward. Meh, who am I kidding? I was really thinking - how cool is the bridge? I should take a photo because that looks so pretty in this light. Crap, don't fall over the witch's hat. etc etc.
It was a good run, not a whole lot of atmosphere as most people were pretty serious and there was only one section with any music at all. There wasnt even music at the finish line. Although considering there was a guy who had collapsed about 10 metres from the line it was unlikely to be a great idea to have "Call me, maybe" blaring out of the speakers!
By the title though, you know how this finished up. This was a sub-70 minute 10km race for me! Best 10km race ever! I beat my time for the last 10km by 9 minutes and I am only another 9 minutes away from a sub-60. Although the biggest milestone for me was that I ran the whole way. It is a mighty slow pace I keep but it was easy to keep going when I was overtaking so many people as they were slowing down to a walk.
Then it was celebration time! The colourful girls had all set some great PBs (and had been waiting for 10-15 minutes for me to cross the line, oops!). We did coordinate our outfits very well though.
A very well deserved banana pancake breakfast was on the menu.
Along with a peculiar orange juice mixed with wild berries - great refreshment after the race, we all had one and I was very keen for a second.
What is your 10km PB time? How do you get faster? I think a combination of running more and Interval training has helped me with this effort.