Today was the women's 10k in Liverpool as part of the RunLiverpool festival of running. The women's 10k has been going for over 20 years and the first 7 runners of todays races had ran every Liverpool women's 10k. Pretty amazing really! The route goes around Sefton Park and Princes Park. I wasn't hoping to beat my time for last year's Great Manchester Run, but just to finish it really.
Setting off! Trying to get ahead of all the walkers, I probably spent the first 3k overtaking people because I'd joined the starting line so far back.
At the 3k point, spotting Scott. Feeling quite good at this point!
Just before the 5k point and about to go into Princes Park.
Aaand, out of the park! Very red faced and warm at this point, around Princes Park was probably the hardest bit. We set off at 12 so we were running in the mid day sun. Although it didn't feel warm at first, once you've been running for half an hour you do get a bit warm & sweaty! I had to stop and walk for a bit, but I noticed quite a few other women doing this so didn't feel too bad. Then when I got out of Princes Park I started to run again as I knew that Scott would be there with his camera at the 7k point! Then we went back into Sefton Park for the final 3k.
Then, running the final few metres! The last 500m are on grass and it was quite hard, but I persevered. I knew I'd gone over an hour at this point so there was no point in aiming for a PB (not that I set out to do that anyway) so I just took it nice and easy. As you can see, the official gun time says about 1 hour 5 minutes. I'm yet to see what my official chip time says as they haven't been updated yet but my garmin said 1.03.52. Not bad!
Finished and with my medal! I'll be needing a special hook to display them all on soon I think haha.
I came home and had a big nap and have just generally lazed around since. Thank god it's a bank holiday tomorrow so I'm not in work! I'm going to have a very long soak in the bath and an early night after reading some blogs I think. Oh and I need to enter the Mersey tunnel 10k too, I'm aiming to smash my PB in that one!