Sunday, 18 November
So, to elaborate on that…
Woke up around 7am and got a bowl of cereal down me before being picked up for the drive down.
Arrived and met up with all my friends about 45m before the race started. We had 15 in our group, of whom one was a former national under 16 cross-country competitor, three were in the armed forces and did lots of running, two or three just run recreationally because… I dunno I guess their lives are empty? The rest were like me.
Set off and the first 1500m or so was flat road running. Then we came to the first hill, which almost every competitor power-walked or not-so-power-walked. It was a 200m ascent over the course of another 1000m or so, which was no fun. Then there was another 2K or so flat or slightly downhill, followed by a horrific steep bit uphill again. This brought us to the halfway mark, and then we had another 1500m long, 200m high ascent. Then another flat/downhill mix until the 8K mark, and a final steep but short ascent that I thought I might throw up on. Then we did the first 2K again backwards and were done.
I clocked in at 1h35m or so, which I’m actually pleasantly surprised at. The forces lads were “only” around 15m ahead of me, which isn’t exactly small potatoes in a 10K but it’s less than I expected. The cross-country guy was 1h1m. If we do it again next year I’ll be curious to see what I can do if I am actually able to train for it.
The winner was a former Royal Marine who is a nationally competitive triathlete and did it in 35m or so, about 10-15m ahead of second place. Absolute maniac.
Glute DOMs is insane today after those hill power walks, and I think I actually have intercostal DOMs from breathing so hard.
Anyway, that’s over now. Would not recommend. Back to lifting tomorrow.