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Marriots Way 10k 2015

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I am officially naming this run the one in which I gave up chasing a Personal Best.

I didn’t do the Marriots Way 10k in 2014, despite having paid for my spot, because I was exhausted after having organised Norwich Cocktail Week and had failed to book a spot on the shuttle bus, which made life a bit tricky as it’s a point to point race. The previous year, 2013 still stands as my 10k PB, and the only time I’ve ever run a 10k under an hour.

When I booked this one I had pretty high hopes actually. I’d be part way into my Half Marathon training, I’m much fitter this year than I’ve ever been, and the Marriots Way is a lovely flat trail run, so surely I would do much better than my slightly disappointing Run Norwich time?

In the 2 weeks before the race my runs had been patchy, I’d been for a run while on holiday in Munich, but had been too tired for a long run on the Sunday I got back, then the following Sunday my husband had a cold, it was Cocktail Week, and we ended up skipping another run. By race day I was a bit tired after a long week of Cocktail based fun and a Roller Derby game the day before, but still hoping for a half decent time.

Race day dawned all bright sunshine, which was a relief after torrential downpours the day before. So we headed off to Reepham to make that shuttle bus I’d remembered to book this year.

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This year there were waves of runners leaving at 11am, 11:10 and 11:20. I had no idea which one I’d booked, and after standing patiently in 3 different queues it turned out it was 11:20, meaning we still had an hour to wander round the garden centre and drink coffee. Which was my second mistake of the day. (I’ll tell you about the first in a bit!)

Necking a double espresso might have perked me up a bit, but it also meant I really needed the toilet when I got to the start line, which is never a good idea with an hour run ahead of you!

The start line was a lot quieter with the first 2 waves having gone. A lady I was waiting with told me that the previous year she had gone in the 11:10 wave, and found faster runners from the 11:20 wave getting all irritated when they caught her up, so maybe the last wave was a good choice!

And then we were off.

And after about half a mile is when I can officially state that my competitive nature took a thorough back seat. I could have run faster, but it was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, it was fresh, and the scenery off the Mariotts Way is beautiful, so I didn’t. I ran at a comfortable pace. I kept my eye on the person ahead of me and tried to keep up, overtaking someone about once a kilometre, and yeah, I didn’t want them to pass me again, so maybe my competitive nature was in there somewhere, but mostly I just had a beautiful, sunny, Sunday run through the countryside.

About 6k my first mistake of the day caught up with me and I was suddenly starving hungry, having not eaten breakfast as I’d woken up still stuffed after a big dinner the night before. Still, I pushed on, knowing that in 4k there were toilets, bananas and medals

Despite starvation and a desperate need for a wee I finished feeling fairly fresh, really enjoyed the final sprint up the hill, and was looking forward to a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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I have to confess a little twinge of disappointment when I saw my chip time. At 1:03:48 I was about a minute slower than Run Norwich, and that had HILLS, but I enjoyed every second of it. It’s great to want to get better, to improve, but sometimes it’s important to remember why you do it at all and just take a step back and enjoy it.

The Marriots Way 10k is definitely staying on my race schedule, even if it’s just for the scenery!

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  • Milly Voice
    October 19, 2015

    Fab review and very well done – super effort 🙂