Leeds 10k

leeds 10k medal

On Sunday, I participated in Leeds 10k race. It’s the second one I’ve ran to date, I also ran Bradford 10k in back in March.

The race started at 9:30am, so we got there for just before 9am. Imagine thousands of people all stretching, pinning their bibs on and getting their earphones ready. Around 10 thousand people participated. We very slowly made our way to near the starting point and it seemed to take ages to cross the line. By the time we crossed the start line, there was already 11 minutes on the clock! That’s how many people were running it. 

The first 2km were painful, I’ve had some issue with my right foot, ankle and shin over the past few months and it started playing up. I was really struggling but thankfully it stopped hurting after a while so I just kept going.

It was SO hot too, I believe 24C by the time we got to the finish line! There were people passing out, ambulances everywhere and poeple in the recovery position. Near the end, people started to walk up the final hill. I pushed on through and managed to keep jogging which I was proud of as I started to feel really hot and dizzy. I finished it in 1hr 14 minutes. I was a bit disappointed with that time as I finished the Bradford 10k in 1hr 13 minutes and wish I had pushed myself a little harder.

I’m going to run the next 10k which is in November and really work on my speed on that one. I’m good at running for a decent amount of time, but I really struggle with my speed. Time to get some short sprints in and hill training!

After the run, we walked 3 miles back to my house.

I had booked the day off work, so I went to Morrisons and ate massive salad for recovery.

When I say I ate a salad, I don’t mean any of that pussy shit like a bit of lettuce and cucumber. I eat MAN SALADS.

OLIVES and CHEESE and COUSCOUS and EVERYTHING AWESOME. I could hardly finish it.

I had some yogurt with dried fruit a bit later too. Nom nom nom. 

One think I am working on is to not restrict my calories, but just make healthy choices. and to run hard. 

Despite feeling like I could have pushed myself a little harder, both in training and on the day, I’m still proud of myself for taking part in a wonderful event. There’s nothing like running amongst thousands of others, reading what their t-shirts say, which charities they are supporting, which member of their family they are running in memory of, people dressed up. 

The Bradford 10k was a lot smaller and seemed to have more ‘serious’ runners, whereas this one had a greater mix. There were people completing it in amazing times, people running, people jogging. Some people walked some of the way, some walked all of the way. Some people did it in wheelchairs, some people push other people in wheel chairs. 

Crossing the finish line with people cheering you on is amazing. Even if you don’t know them. 

What inspiring things have you done lately?

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20 Comments

  1. July 22, 2014 / 11:34 am

    Is that the Abbey Dash in November? Thinking of signing up to that one after I’ve done Tough mudder next week. Something to keep me motivated

    x

  2. July 22, 2014 / 11:39 am

    Well done doll, I would have struggled, haha. Not a runner at all. But, you did it, feel proud. I would have jumped in a pool or something and then ate that whole plate of food indeed. Not been to Leeds in some years now since I moved from Yorkshire. Will have to breeze down again sometime 🙂 xx

  3. July 22, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Wow well done! I can not imagine how hot you must have been when running!

    I run 5k each week but not pushed myself any further yet- I can’t imagine going any further.

    How did you train to do a full 10k run?

    Miss Tulip x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

  4. July 22, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    Well done Corinne! The food you ate looks DELISH!!!
    http:/www.jaseyjade.outlook.com

  5. July 22, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the visit in my blog! And talk about healthy! A little exercising is always good! Makes us feel awesome about ouselves!

    xoxo,
    Gabi Barbará
    Barbaridades!

  6. July 22, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Sprinkles in the yoghurt/fruit! Fab!!

    I haven’t done a race for SO long! I’ve got the colour run coming up in September but I really should sign up for a few more, I love the atmosphere at these kinds of things! You also meet some amazing people!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  7. July 22, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    Wow,congratulations!

  8. July 22, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    holy crapola congrats!! i couldn’t run down the block for long, let alone for an hour +! And good on you for eating a man salad!!! you deserve it after that run. actually you deserved like a feast but i suppose a man salad would do 😉
    xx Corinne
    cateyesandthighhighs.com

  9. July 22, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    You should be proud! That’s a pretty epic distance to run! Can’t say I’ve done anything on that level of inspiring but I did buy a diary to help inspire me to be organised and take another step into blogging and make more effort 🙂

  10. July 22, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    Well done my lovely that is quite an achievement. Especially when you are in pain. Now make sure you put that medal somewhere you can see it. The celebration salad looks yummy. Lucy x

  11. July 23, 2014 / 5:09 am

    Congrats on the run! It sounds like a great event, and racing while injured is a tough thing to do.

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    July 23, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    What a grueling race! I’m so proud of you Corinne. Preparing is such a regimen. I think each time will get better.

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