Today was the day for my running club’s season finale which was the Age UK Leeds Abbey dash, a fast 10K road race from Leeds City Centre to Kirkstall abbey and back. I am on record for saying that one of my “return to fitness” goals was to get a 10K in under 50 minutes but I had set myself an “unofficial” goal of beating my time last year of 48:56.
Also today, my wife’s sister Jill and her husband were staying with us. Jill is also a keen runner and we were going to to the race together. It was also an important day for my running club because this is the last race in our annual championship.
There were some great results from my friends today. Louise, a running club friend who was worried about her hip (an operation on which she is recovering from) managed to get a great time injury free. We had some amazing personal bests in the club and Helen and Jill competed in a sprint finish, where Helen just pipped Jill with a time of 55 minutes!
As for me, I took some advice from another running friend about not holding back in the early stages of the race and push the pace right from the start. I was concerned for the first few miles that I couldn’t get going fast enough although it felt like I was trying as hard as I could. As time went on though I found the going easier and it really felt fast on the dash back to the city.
The outcome was that I managed to complete the race in 47:45, exceeding all of my expectations, my goal of sub 50 and breaking my last years time by over a minute! This means that all of my initial goals for returning to fitness have now been ticked-off and now is the time to set some new ones for next year.
For the first time since my heart problems, I really feel like I can get back to achieving the times I used to. The first of the next year goals will be to get a Marathon PB and I might even set some other ambitious targets. The only away to achieve high is to aim high!
“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 NIV