Today myself and Glen went to The Running Show at Sandown Racecourse. We planned to stock up on winter running essentials and I wanted to take part in the 10k race held at the show.
We got to the show just before it opened and I collected my race bib, timing chips and our wristbands to enter to the show. The 10k started at 11am, so we had some time to look around the stalls before I had to get to the starting line.
The Running Memories stand attracted my attention as I’ve wanted one of their medal hangers for a while, but we don’t really have the wall-space in our flat, so I’ve promised myself one when we move house! There was some lovely kit on offer over at Brooks Running and the guy on the stand said he recognised me from a couple of races because of my tattoos! I also had a chat with the podiatrist from Langer who is based in a gym near to where I live, so I might make an appointment to have him look at my ankle injury.
As planned we did stock up on a lot of running kit- Glen treated me to a TomTom GPS watch for Christmas- although I am not allowed it until the day! I bought a high-vis Ronhill jacket with flashing light, a running skirt and pair of compression socks from Running Skirts. I’d never thought about wearing a skirt to run in before, but I tried it on and loved it- it’s perfect for wearing over leggings or as an alternative to shorts in the summer.
Glen bought himself a high-vis longsleeve top, running shorts and foot massager. He also signed up to a subscription of Runner’s World magazine which came with a free camelpak! Finally, we bought some Clif Shot Bloks to share- I’ve not tried anything like energy gels before, but the samples did not taste too terrible so I am giving them a try!
I headed to the start line for the 10k and spotted Lissy who I had a quick chat with before we set off. The course was two hilly 5k laps of Sandown Racecourse and the grounds/horses stables. I set off at a good pace, and managed to stay just below a 9-min mile for most of the run, so I hoped to be on for a personal best. The run wasn’t too crowded- I was told that there were 500 runners, but there seemed to be a lot less. Glen didn’t take part in the race, as he had done a 13 mile training run yesterday and wanted a rest day! He watched from various points around the racecourse and got some great pictures of me running.
I’m not too keen on races which are two laps, as I know where the difficult bits will be on the second time around- there were some fairly steep inclines leading up to the exhibition centre, but I pushed myself on and finished with a PB of 57.26. I liked that you could see your chip time on the computer screen immediately after crossing the finish line, rather than waiting for it to go up online. I was handed a medal and coconut water and headed back to meet Glen and do some more shopping.
We checked out the stalls advertising up-coming races, and decided that the Dublin Rock n Roll Half-Marathon is definitely on the agenda for next year. I was also interested in the Lydd Half as it promises to be a flat course!
I wore my new compression socks to run in, and loved them- they kept my legs warm and I think they helped with my achy ankle a bit.
The Write This Run conference was held at the Running Show yesterday, which I am kinda gutted to have missed out on, as it sounds to have been a fab day- hopefully next time I’ll get involved.