This morning I got up at stupid o'clock so I could register for the inaugural Caerphilly 10k. I arrived in Caerphilly at 8am and got my registration pack - since the race didn't start till 10 it was pretty empty at 8am!
So that's the story of my first 10k! I really liked it and would love to do another soon. This was the first time Caerphilly has done a 10K and it was an amazingly well organized and fun event to participate in. Looking forward to more!
There were bicycle machines out for us to use and I warmed up for a few minutes to get ready, by the time I got back to the start there were loads more people milling around...
This race was super exciting because I got both a race number and a timing chip!
There were also loads of people in costumes, I saw a whole karate team. There was also a Pie from Peter's Pies Running the race, and for being a massive pie he was pretty quick!
The start of the race was awesome, all penned in and ready to go, a massive countdown, and that moment when you cross the start and your timing chip starts timing is such a rush!
I started okay but after less than 1k I had the worst stitch I've ever had. It felt like someone was stabbing me in the side. I thought I was going to be sick, and like I couldn't breathe. It was, in a word, terrible. I dropped back pretty quick but kept jogging, I couldn't quite stand upright and I hope I don't have to see any photos of me because I was probably doing a hideous hunched over loping motion.
After about 5k I started to feel a bit better, and at 7k I had picked up the pace a little and was starting to pass people as they slowed down or walked. I was too afraid of getting another cramp to drink any water, but there were at least 3 water stations on the course that I could have stopped by.
By 7k I felt good, and I had a pretty steady pace to the end. I even did a proper sprint finish, which made me feel that I probably didn't put enough into the race.
I came in at 1:11:40, and was very pleased with my time!
The whole race was organized really well - in addition to a race number and medal I got a bag of goodies including a water bottle and a wrist band! There were loads of marshalls and everyone was super friendly. There were 1,700 people racing and I came in around 1400 so I was faster than 300!
And, most importantly, I was faster than everyone who didn't race at all!
Did I mention how awesome it is that I live where there are castles?
(I'm not strangling myself, I'm showing off my medal!)