This time last year, I entered the Brooks Brighton 10km as my first proper race. I remember being absolutely terrified, to the point where I felt almost sick with nerves and hardly slept the night before. I’d run the distance a couple of times and I knew it’d take me about an hour, which meant I was thrilled to bits when I crossed the finish line in 56:47.
Fast forward one year and a few more races (including two half marathons) and I decided to run the race again to get measure of how much my speed has improved. In training, my 10km PB was 51:49 so I was hoping to come in at around the 50-minute mark… but I absolutely SMASHED last year’s time and crossed the finish line in 48:1o – knocking almost eight and a half minutes off my course record. BOOM!
The Brooks 10km is a brilliant race to run if you’re a first time racer. Around 2700 runners took part this year which means it’s great practise for getting used to the race environment if you’re training for a bigger event. Everyone is always really friendly, there was no pushing and shoving, the crowd were in high spirits and I got chatting to so many runners who’d travelled from all over the country to take part – including quite a few who had never entered a race before.
After two years I still firmly believe that running is awesome. And I cannot WAIT to get stuck into training for my first ever marathon with my fantastic women’s running club, FitBitch – though I’m more than a little bit terrified too. If you have any marathon training advice to share, please do leave a comment below – all training and race tips will be gratefully received!