Race Rundown: The Comeback 10k

Well well kittens. This Saturday marked my Comeback Race – also known as the Nice Work London Spring 10k. This was meant to be my official comeback to running, ankle 100% healed and feeling fresh. I’m not gonna lie, it didn’t quite go down like that. I still have a long way to go, but the race was a great way to remind myself of how far I’ve come. So without further ado, let’s jump into the rundown.

The Course:

Three 2-mile loops of Regents Park.

The Goal:

Back in the day I would always set myself three goals – not this time! I basically just wanted to finish. And not re-injure the ankle. Simple pleasures.

Pre Race

I was essentially in denial about this race until the night before, at which point I frantically messaged both Ed and Alan – recruited to help me along the course – and tried to get out of it. Long story short, they were having none of it. And so I stayed up far too late procrastinating, almost slept in, and rushed to the race. My pre-race nutrition was not on point; two cappuccinos, half a banana and a Trek bar. Not really what I’d go for normally, but I suppose it was better than nothing.

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Feeling fresh for the race. JKJK.Β 

During

We started out pretty strong, before my lack of running fitness and physical exhaustion (having worked out 4 mornings in a row that week, without stretching) started to kick in. Nonetheless I made it to the 5k mark without stopping, and only took a walk break just after that. The final lap was really tricky, and I took a loo break mainly as an excuse to stop running for a second – oops! We finished in around an hour – not too bad for a standard training run, but also a lot slower than normal.

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Post

To be honest I was feeling pretty shitty afterwards – a combination of feeling tired, defeated and embarrassed. I know I shouldn’t have felt embarrassed about my time, but honestly it was far from what I could have expected on a normal race day. I was also a lot more tired than I’d expected- I went home and slept for about 4 hours, before cancelling all my evening plans in favour of a night in.

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I was feeling nauseous, drained and my whole body was aching. I think this may have been dehydration, but honestly it didn’t help my emotional stability one bit. Taking a night off and staying in was absolutely the right decision, and I binge watchedΒ Dear White PeopleΒ on Netflix whilst eating rye crispbread – all my stomach could handle. I also took a hot bath which helped with my muscle aches, and felt much better the following morning.

What I learnt:

  • Lowering your expectations and checking your ego is key
  • Not resting at all the week of the race was probably a bad idea
  • A 10k can take a lot out of you, especially if you haven’t done one in a long time
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself

How do you deal with a bad race? And do you nap afterwards?

Love,

Pippa

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13 thoughts on “Race Rundown: The Comeback 10k

  1. You had two goals, and you hit them both! This race might have been different from past ones but you went out there and got it done. I hope you get some quality recovery time in!

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  2. I felt very similar in my last half where I had too high of expectations (and no training to match it) and ended up having a dud of a race (for me). I also felt absolutely miserable afterward–partly I think due to dehydration, like you. I took the longest nap of my life (my husband took the kids out of the house!) and sulked the rest of the day. The next morning, new day, new focus. Gotta move past the bad runs πŸ™‚

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  3. Checking your ego is sooo hard, I already am a slow runner like a 13:50 min/mile is my best half marathon pace so far but after taking a few months off really training I am all the way up to like 17 min/miles and its killing me! I am trying to tell myself to get over it and as I get back into training the time will lower. But its so hard!!!!

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  4. When I have a bad run my BF always says …’but did you die’ and then I feel better. Ha
    You hit your goals even if the were simple ones, you are just coming back remember, and I think you did great!

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  5. I try to look at at the training after a bad run, and tell myself a bad run is still a run finished. And I try to stretch then nap, because once I fell asleep after a 15k without stretching and woke up insanely tight.

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