A couple of weeks ago (my first proper run since the London marathon might I add) I took part in the Nike We Own the Night 10k and managed to rope in a friend of mine in on it too. I did the same race last year (you can read about it here), but there were a few organisational issues making it a pretty below par affair. I’m pleased to report that every single one of these issues had been resolved and this year’s event was pretty awesome (well done race organisers!).
– Race corrals – check!
– Race bling – check. After last years disappointing bracelet (which landed up in the bin), this year we got given an awesome necklace
– Bottle necks – nearly gone, apart from a section towards the finish.
– Warmup – check. Last year I was randomly jumping up and down not knowing that the hell was going on, but this year they had people demonstrating the moves on the podium.
– Pacers – check!
– Bar – check, which I was just too cold to go in! 😦
The only thing that let it down slightly, which is beyond anyone’s control, was the fact that it was unseasonably cold, wet and miserable so I was too cold to meet anybody and just wanted to get home straight afterwards!
I didn’t really own the night – the Night owned me! My legs felt heavy and I managed to run a personal worst 10k time (certainly in the last year), but it was fun! 🙂
Race number 2 was the Oxford Town and Gown 10k, which takes place through the historic centre of Oxford. This time I was official photographer/bag holder for Rich who was running with his friend Matt – a total newbie to running.
I was originally supposed to be pacing Matt, but I decided that two back-to-back races would probably kill me. We also had no idea how fast Matt would be running as, in typical newbie runner style, he hadn’t really been taking much notice of time and was counting a ‘5k’ as anywhere between 5.5k and 6k (soon he’ll be like the rest of us though and stopping his Garmin dead on 5k and running up and down the road past his house to make his watch say ‘13.1 miles’).
We had absolutely no idea if he would smash it out in 30 minutes or 60 minutes. As it happens, I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with him for more than about 30 seconds because he was AWESOME! I’ve been running for ages now (about 3 years), training all the time, eating well, doing drills, threshold and Fartlek sessions, etc and I still look like Gollum when I run. Matt rocks up with a running style like Mo himself – high knee lift and a kick to die for – barely breaking a sweat and making running look completely effortless in an incredible time of 50:30. Poor Rich was shortly behind him after nearly dying trying to catch up with him with a massive PB of 51:06.
Matt is now running the Oxford half marathon, where we expect him to either win or maybe come second? 😉 You can check out his fundraising page here.