I ran the Harry Hawkes 10, but really this post is about falling out of love with races. At least for now.
Hanging up my wings
I’m a magpie right? I love the bling? The Harry Hawkes 10 medal hasn’t even made it’s way out of the plastic bag, I’ve simply filed it away. Last marathon training I signed up for loads of races, this time I pencilled in lots too but I really think I’ve fallen a little out of love.
Driving to the race, I drove past people on their long runs, wishing they were me. I couldn’t help but think, if I’d just gone out on my own this morning, I could be done by now and back enjoying a lovely breakfast.
Tweets from Emma and Hannah the night before kept me from sacking it in altogether, their presence on the morning made me get across that start line. Thanks girls and sorry for being so pessimistic. I’m honestly not normally like that. I just wasn’t feeling in the mood. Sometimes a solitary run is what you need, sometimes you want the run to be a small part of your day, rather than a race that takes over your day. Sometimes you want to finish your run at your front door, knowing there’s a hug behind it, not in a crowd of strangers.
A little about the race: it’s a cheap local race organised by a couple of members of a local running club (The Stragglers), it starts at the cricket club in Thames Ditton which sounds remote but there are trains from Clapham Junction and it’s just a short walk. Personally I really enjoy the route which takes you up through Kingston to Kingston Bridge, down past Hampton Court Park, over Hampton Court Bridge and back through to Thames Ditton. It’s essentially the same route as the Kingston Breakfast Run with some added faffing about in Thames Ditton which is quite residential. I know a lot of people hate the section running down the road in Surbiton, but there’s not really any way to avoid it and I’m pretty used to it as I run it at lunchtimes.
The distance is nice, a good way to build up to a Half Marathon and as soon as you start you are into single figures, Woop! If you’ve not run 10m before it’s also a guaranteed PB. Double Woop!
The race is simple with no goody bag, but plenty of fruit at the finish and a medal. The cricket club put on a barbecue for those that want to hang around afterwards and enjoy the sunshine.
The pictures here are from last year when I was a little more excited, had some supporters and a planned picnic afterwards! I would totally run this race again I just need to get my head back into race mode.
I think perhaps I’ve got a bit of race fatigue(of the mind, not body), too much racing has made them loose that special-ness. The butterflies, the worrying, the joy of crossing the line. I’m going to be switching to a bit of running with friends, a bit of going out alone and erasing those pencilled in races. I’ll run all the ones I’ve booked but no booking any new ones. Absence makes the heart grow fonder after all.
My next race isn’t until the 27th and is a course I’ve been looking forward to for ages. Let’s hope it reignites some racing passion!
On a more positive note it ended up being a 3 minute PB. But I can’t help thinking this does not reflect the leaps and bounds I’ve made in my running since the last time I ran this race. Tut. I need to take my pessimistic hat off!
Anyone for a run?