Beating a PB is a good feeling. But smashing one is even better! I owe a big thanks to the people watching on the streets of Manchester. You were all awesome and helped push me further than I have pushed before. What a great race!
The weekend past was the Manchester Great Run. Europe’s biggest 10K race. Having only done my first 10K 2 months ago, I had a very clear goal in place…beat my time of 47 minutes and 51 seconds.
I crushed my time, knocking 4 minutes 36 seconds off my PB.
Why did I improve so much on my previous time? Well… I ate well, especially on the week running up to the event…trained well having worked up to 10K runs during my training, then a week before the event reduced my runs to shorter distances. I allowed 3 clear days before the event without a tough run, and my muscles felt fresh.
Come race day I had a good meal 2 1/2 hours before the gun fire, with a good intake of carbs, combined with a light dose of protein and made sure to stick to what my body is used too.
Eat what you know on any race day! Pre-race isn’t a time to go trying an all new spicy hot curry for the first time! That could end in disaster hahaha!
One of the key factors was also the crowd. Running in front of a packed major city centre is seriously uplifting. I set off a little too quickly by my usual standards but having such a large crowd watching really allowed me to get through some painful moments without slowing.
Seeing so many people giving to good causes and running to represent loved ones, and people fighting or having fought illnesses really hits you in these big races. I had my own thoughts and people I wanted to run for, and thinking of them during KMs 4-8 really gave me a boost when I needed it.
Manchester Great Run really did what it says on the tin. Superb run. Great causes. And for me, a new PB. Great day all round!