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Challenge NOT Met :(

As you will have read before, I was looking to do this year’s City of Lincoln 10k in under 60 minutes.

So at 11am this morning I set off with over 4,000 other runners in the hope that I would a) reach the end in one piece and b) complete my personal challenge.

Making sure I had everything

Making sure I had everything

Unfortunately I was up in the night being very sick (must have been something I ate yesterday) and so to say my energy was low would be fair.  But I felt ok this morning and obviously wanted to give it my best shot.

Chip firmly attached to my trainer... glad they don't look like asbo tags anymore!

Chip firmly attached to my trainer... glad they don't look like asbo tags anymore!

And give it my best shot I did.  The slightly different route was good, the atmosphere was great, and the crowds cheering everyone on were very welcome.

Where I started from... and hoped to meet this at the end.

Where I started from... and hoped to meet this at the end.

“Unfortunately” I recorded a time of 1 hour 6 mins and 30 seconds, so really I was well off the pace of a sub-60minute run, but am really pleased with my effort.  I nearly didn’t make the start after being so ill in the night after all!  When I got to the end I definitely knew I couldn’t have given any more, and that is all I asked my body for.

So the big question is do I cross the “do a 10k in less than an hour” off my Things To Do list as a lost cause, or do I try again next year?! The general consensus seems to be try again… something I can decide towards the end of the year. Will it be fifth time lucky?!

My medal - now my fourth for the Lincoln 10k :)

My medal - now my fourth for the Lincoln 10k :)

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