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So it was a clear Friday evening when this race happened, my Wife and Son came along to watch also which was an added boost.

I felt good having gotten a 10k PB a few days before whilst running off road, with a route that was similar to the one I was about to run. We lined up, being my first proper mass start the atmosphere was awesome and I don’t think I will forget it, hearing the gun go and then watching down the line as the sea of runners started to bob up and down before it reached where I stood and then we we’re off.

It took a while to get into a rhythm avoiding slower runners and kerbs as the whole running field spread out swallowing the road before we we’re then funnelled into the parts of the course that was 2 way, once in the zone with other runners around me you tended to find that you catch up to another runner and then go passed them in the hope that you hadn’t gone to early. I had already pre planned the route and time of when I should go strong and hold back but using the watch and distance as a gauge this seemed to work, passing a couple of people I knew who were marshalling gave me that extra boost.

First lap passed quickly and I felt good, taking on some water and just sticking to the plan even when others came passed, knowing that going up the hill again on the second lap was going to be my time of whether to go or not. See running clubs members struggling on the hill the second time round I knew it was time to go after the downhill section on a small distance away. I went like a rocket after coming down the hill the othersie and overtaking multiple people who had just over taken me, my legs and my body felt good and I really pushed the last 2km of the course knowing that my wife and Son would be waiting. With less than 1km to go and with someone trying to go with me it was on and I pushed again with then the finish straight to do, giving high fives as I crossed the line with spectators. I stopped my watch and looked down, awesome another 10k PB.

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After the 10k my body felt like it could of gone on further with the high and buzz of the event pushing me and helping me feel stronger, I am not sure how much longer at the pace I could of gone but hey its nice to know. I really enjoyed the race with a nice medal at the finish line, it glows in the dark don’t you know, I would do this event again. Oh and did I mention that I did this in new shoes that I had only just purchased during that week…..(more on that another time)

Recently I have really gotten into running off road, or trail running as it is called. Just started to have enough of the normal running routes I do and also the fact the pavement when running is a complete arse, the way it slopes or is uneven or just people walking so have to go pass them in the road is not overall great.

As I live not too far from the countryside I thought I would expand my running on to some of the MTB routes that I do and I have been able to turn this little off road jaunt into a 11km run with recently missing my PB for 10k whilst being off road to which I am really happy with my progress.

The route I go is 90% off road with some road/pavement parts to help join it up, its not an easy route with a couple of long and steep hills thrown in to get the legs fired up, but I do seem to be making good time and progress with the attitude of not giving in I have been able to really push myself and get my body used to this.

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As you can see the from the above it’s a nice little run very local to me with out losing family time! Let me know what your runs are like compared to this as I am sure its not the hardest but first thing, when I do most of my running its a good little tester.