Following my simplicity plan I completed my first race of the year on Sunday. As not one of my 5 main races this is categorised as a ‘training event’. Wiltshire 10 miler in Melksham.
The plan was to run it in HR zone2 as a long slow training run, budding on my run distances this year. I have done this race a couple of times before as part of London marathon training posting times of 1:40 & best of 1:32. Each time memorable for the rain or cold or both !
This years plan was to run within HR zone 2. Now I have a ridiculously high heart rate and can peak over 200bpm on a treadmill or static bike. Whilst I rev high I also recovery quickly with HR dropping rapidly to a resting rate of around 52 (it used to be 46 pre asthma inhalers).
To stop me going off like a rocket and remember I was looking for a slow and steady comfortable pace I offered to run with a couple of friends at their pace not my usual race pace – not that I really have much pace at the best of times !
The weather didn’t disappoint it was freezing with a cutting wind on the country lanes. HQ was in the Bear hotel for registration, offering pre race coffee, a warm place to meet friends and proper toilets not pongy port-a-loo’s.
Race briefing in the park a short walk away then assembled on closed road for the start. The race was full to capacity of 500 runners, we slowly headed up the first mile up hill and factoring in the cold, extra inhalers and my HR was starting to soar bouncing uptown 160bpm within a couple of minutes.
Calm it down, slow it down and enjoy the leisurely ride…..
As we ran along we picked up and dropped a few others along the way. I managed to chat continuously, maybe thats why a few disappeared !? The pace was comfortable, slower than I would have gone if solo but I felt I could have run on at this plod pace forever or until hypothermia crept in.
Before we know it the water and Jelly Babies station arrived with the first incline, cue HR rise. It was good in a way to see the leaders coming back the other way and cheer on a few friends in the top 20, even though I knew I wasn’t event at half way. Then a gentle down hill to loop into the back of Lacock which was very quiet compared to Boxing day hunt when I was last there on police duty, but such a lovely location.
Across the stone bridge and flood plain back to the bottom of the biggest hill on the course.
We soon hit the summit saw the jelly babies and water station and then it was all downhill to the finish 👍🏻
One cheeky rise before we peeled off the road and along the river back to the park. Medal & useful cotton gym bag which will be great as a laundry bag for travels.
Back to the Bear where on production of your race medal 🥇 you got 20% off lunch. So 5 of us tucked into a main meal, coffee to warm up and a few had a cheeky pint to hydrate of course 🤣 🍻
Whilst my slowest time on this course this was my most controlled run within HR zone 2 and as a training event it was perfect.
10 miles ✅
HR in Zone 2 ✅
Comfortable pace ✅
Asthma behaved in cold ✅😊
Slow progress is making progress for me. Focus on the Zone !