1) Timing – it was an early start, which meant staying in a hotel overnight (expensive and stressful to organise as 1000s of other people no doubt had to do the same). However, we didn’t even get moving until about 10 to 10.15am, despite the official start time being 9.35am.
2) Race pack – my race pack arrived the day before the race and I ended up with a medium t-shirt rather than a small.
3) Too hot – ok so not the race organisers fault, but concrete/tarmac, summer, humidity, city and 1000s of people=giant sweaty mess!
4) Too busy – I wasted so much energy speeding up and and slowing down, weaving in and out and ducking and diving to get past the slow coaches I felt utterly spent!
5) Worst race photo in history – ok so again, not their fault, but gah!
So if I’m honest I’m not sure zero sleep, 3 glasses of wine and 2 cans of Carlsberg the night before and a 7am start constitute the best race preparation ever. Frankly, I am amazed I didn’t pass out. I don’t think my heart was entirely in it either – running is a funny thing. You win some, you lose some and I was definitely losing with a personal worst (certainly in the last 2 years) of 1.04.58.
So what were the positives? I did some exercise when I could have been drinking beer by the beach. I had the company of my friend Helen who I haven’t seen for years, and the medal was pretty cool.
Diva rating: 2/5
Not for pros, people on a budget (£50 entry daylight robbery for a 10k) and not one for PBs due to weather conditions.