As planned we headed off to Hampshire last weekend for Eastleigh 10k. We picked the race as it was a fast, flat course that fitted in well with our training cycles. The aim was to get as close to 30 minutes as possible. From the sessions Id (Pete) been doing I knew 30.30 was a realistic aim so hoped to run around this. That was until we turned up and felt the wind!
Anyway, conditions were the same for everyone so it was still going to be a good race with some quality runners lining up. From the start Dan Robinson, Toby Lambert and Gareth Price hit the front and by 500m had a 10 second gap on our group of 10-15. We ran through 1k in 3.10 which wasnt exactly what Id hoped for so I hit the front into the headwind and pretty soon there were just two of us chasing the front three. By 5k I was on my own in 3rd with Dan and Toby still up the road. Harry began to get his legs going after 3-4K and with a tailwind between Ks 4 and 8 things were looking up.
However, the final 1500 metres were pretty much straight into a bugger of a headwind which put paid to a sub 31 minute run. I got caught with 400m to go and passed so ended up in 4th in 31.19. I guess at first I was disappointed, but all the times were slow and Dan Robinson "only" ran 30.17 so Id like to think theres definitely a 30.30 in the legs if I find the right race. Harry pulled through after a couple of weeks of interrupted training with a sore ankle and finished with a 32.30 - not where he wants to be but an improvement on the earlier 10k we had done so still some positives to take away.
Since then we have had a great weeks cycling, racking up 20 hours in 4 days and also paid a visit to Planet X in Sunny Doncaster to pick up our shiny new bikes for the season. Its always great to pick up new kit and helps with the motivation but after the 6 hour drive there and the return journey the following day I dont want to see a car seat for a while!
Plan now is to get back to the running and keep the swimming and cycling ticking over. If the weather looks good I may head to Totton 10k on the 6th of April for a bit of a training run and maybe even a fast time!