I’ve been running the Bristol 10k every year since 2013. I woke up feeling awful, either a cold or hayfever. I nearly caved. Ten minutes to go before the bus would be due I changed my mind. I donned my gear and ran for the bus.
It was a brilliantly bright day. I had my heart set on that elusive sub 55 minutes that I’d been aiming for since I started running 10ks. I’d talked myself out of it in early morning mental gloom thinking why bother if I cannot reach it due to this illness? The answer was simple. It’d at least be a nice long run with a medal at the end.
Each Bristol 10k story is different. That first year I raised over £200 for Wallace and Gromit, finishing a Couch to 10k program, starting out in my training to run my first marathon at Porstmouth that December. This year the goal was just to enjoy it and have some fun. Bristol 10k 2018 wasn’t part of a larger training plan because I’d already done the Frenchay 10k in April. I’ll be trying to run Athens again in November so this years goal is simply getting back into racing more.
I finished in 1:06:15, 1 minute slower than Frenchay (not a PB, boo!). I had a great r
ace and enjoyed it despite feeling rough. So I sensibly didn’t push speed and just got into a comfortable zone. Enjoyed victory PieMinister with friends and a free pint at the Hatchet in the sun with partner afterwards. I’m glad I got up and did it – I’ve not missed one since I started running!
Next up – running leg of a family triathon on June 2.