Draycote Water 10K – Race Report

I’ll start this one off with this is the first race I did in my married name! One day after we got married, I’m always grateful for the other half for putting up with me and my races! Now back onto the race report!

Now you probably already realised that the Leicester Half Marathon was cancelled due to flooding, which must of been drastic as last year the weather was horrendous and the race still went ahead.

I personally feel that they made the right decision if they felt that it wasn’t passable, as it was my sister had booked the weekend off and travelled all the way over from the Isle of Man just to race it with me. So I felt doubly bad with it not going ahead. We spent the day together which was lovely looking around the museum but it wasn’t what we originally wanted to do and well the weather was perfect so it made it feel even more of a meh day!

I already knew that my sister was going to be back for our wedding and was going to be here for a few extra days so I started to look for races within Leicester that were easy to get to and would add something good to our race portfolio.

The Draycote 10K seemed to do this, it was sold as “Warwickshire’s best kept secret for road runners, Draycote Water offers smooth, flat road with stunning reservoir and countryside views.”

I woke up on the 13th to the rain, a LOT of rain, oh dear. Now I knew it was supposed to be raining but I wasn’t expecting Leicester 2018 half marathon rain!

Travelling up to Draycote was actually more easier than I expected and only took us 45 minutes from Leicester, I was more surprised at how many people were in the car park as by now the rain was lashing it down! I meet up with my sister who had travelled up from the campsite in Wales and we got our race numbers (turns out now I’m a Porter I get a lower number than my sister!) and went for shelter till the race started.

The race started a couple of minutes early and we ran along side the water till it meet up with the main road then ran back around on the main road.

The two photo’s above were taken at the 2km point, the other half told us I had to check my watch when we past the 2km sign which we did. I was rather puzzled by this and once we had finished I asked the other half why we did this and he said that it was what all the fast racers were doing!! They must of been checking that they were on the pace they required!

I was already knackered by this point and could defiantly feel it in my chest, so I was just aiming to a) run it all as I have a problem with doing this during my training and b) just to do a time I would be happy with 1h 15 – 1h 20 was what I wanted. Not as quick as my PB but still at a pace I was happy with.

One day I’ll take a good finishing photo! My problem is that I’m already so knackered that when I’m sprinting it really is the last of my energy. Can’t quite help but make the pained faces, ah well at least I’m not fake in my emotions. As you can see I finished prior to my target which makes me very happy! My fastest 10K was 1h 9 so the fact I managed to do this one in 1h 14 makes me super super happy!

The course itself was very up and down with some of the hills being quite sharp, which was actually quite good for us this time around, only because I felt so bad with my chest that if it was just a flat run I’d probably given up way before the end. Only because the hills added a bit of variety.

I’m also really glad that it was only one lap too, God only knows what I would of done if it was more. You can also see how much I started to tire throughout the race as my pace was 11ish then went down to 12 and a half ish.

Randomly I normally run race starts at 10 something so I must of been feeling the chest straight from the start.

It turns out Draycote Water do these 10K’s almost every month so when I’m back in March I think if I don’t find anything else to do I would be tempted as even though I was knackered I did enjoy the run!

Leicester Town and Gown 10K – Race Report

So the Leicester Town and Gown 10K, this race was amazing, this is my first OMG I could just kept on going races.

When we booked our holiday and I signed up for the Coventry Half Marathon I wasn’t looking for anything else to do, honest, but this popped up or I searched for something and found it and well I thought what the hell why not right?!

With the number I got given I must of signed up super early. I remember them giving it to me and thinking “I am so glad this isn’t seeded lol!” Also it will probably be my lowest number ever so I’m going to treasure this one.

My training was all aimed for the Coventry Half, now my training plan said I was supposed to do 11 miles on the Sunday I did my 10K race but I thought my pace would be “race” pace if I did the 10K and well it’s good practice. I’m hoping when I do the Coventry Half that this is going to be true!

Oh how I love the pre-race photo’s my other half is really good at taking them and it shows all the nerves and the thoughts prior to the race!
And we’re off!

I started off at a steady pace. I knew I didn’t want to go out fast and thankfully I just let everyone who wanted to run past me. I wasn’t bothered in the slightest (YAY!)
Love how I look like I’m flying here!
I thought this bit was a wee bit weird, we ran around the park then down a hill and around the back and then up a steep hill back. Super glad for those hills though. When I first signed up and looked at the map I thought that it was flat all the way around, how wrong was I and oh how glad, Coventry is hilly so actually training doing some hills was great.
This was taken on the last lap, these two amazing people where who I spent most of my run running with. It was the guys first 10K and he was running with his daughter and her other half. He was doing the race a) because it was for charity and b) his daughter was getting married at the end of the year and he wanted to get fitter. The lady (I’m sure she said her name was Kirsty) was doing the race for fun. We talked a lot about how running makes us sane! Her aim was to do the 10K in less than 1 hour 10 minutes.
I was super confused at this point! The first two laps I knew exactly what lap I was on and for some reason on this lap I was unsure lol! I had to ask loads of people just so I didn’t do an extra lap!
The sprint to the end, As soon as I seen that that time which was going to be a PB for me, I sprinted like a lion was after me!
The obligatory after photo’s!

The medal is just lovely and matches my Leicester Marathon t-shirt. The t-shirt oh the t-shirt it’s lovely but they must of given me a ladies size XL as that orange thing is tight! One day soon I’ll be in it though!

Oh another thing while I remember, I LOVE the fact that all Leicester things seem to be orange. It’s my second favourite colour, just need to find the city which is all green now!

Now remember how I said I thought I was aiming for a PB well for some reason the course was just shy of 6.2 miles, overall I did 6.1 miles in a chip time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 36 seconds! Overall I did it at a pace of 11.35mi which I am still amazed at even after almost a week of letting it sink in!! I ran all of it to, no breaks which for me is amazing. I’ve had trouble lately with not being able to run the whole time and having to have breaks, so to run it all makes me so proud.

So that was the Leicester Town and Gown 10K. I really did love every second, which you can see in the photo’s. I felt amazing doing the hills and I didn’t get as board as I thought I would doing three laps! Would I do it next year if given the chance, hell yes!!!