The Leeds 10k is an old friend of mine – I’ve done the race on quite a few occasions now and I know the course pretty well. It’s a fairly flat (and supposedly fast) out and back along Kirkstall Road.
It’s not the most exciting route, but I love watching the people who are ahead of me when I’m running out and those behind me when I’m running back. It gives me something to focus on and takes my mind off the road.
Last year my time at Leeds was 57.31. Could I break the magic 60 minutes again this year? I hoped so, but the weather had other ideas.
We are in a HEATWAVE in the UK at the moment. I’m not complaining, but it’s killing my running 😦
Sunday morning was foggy, but the sort of fog that says “very soon it’s going to be toasty here”. Sure enough, I was sweating on the start line before we’d even gone anywhere. I tucked my t-shirt up into my sports bra (apologies, those of you who had to watch my belly running) and off we went.
Up to 5k…not bad. Post 5k…are these my legs?? I just couldn’t make my feet work! I switched to 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking and then to 1 minute running, 1 minute walking. The last mile was rubbish and I just wanted it all to be over. It’s always nerve racking seeing other people collapsed by the roadside, particularly the man wearing the same running outfit as the husband. Best wishes to you all, I hope you’re all okay.
Scores on the doors? 1.05.37. Not good, but not terrible either. York 10k is in 2 weeks so I have chance to redeem myself.
Even the husband was 6 minutes slower than last year – and he’s not impressed.
Route – 8/10
Goody bag – 8/10 – loved the Kitkat Chunky
Congratulations to our friend Richard who was completing an Ironman while we were complaining about the 10k. Nice work!