A shirt on Sunday: Standalone 10k, by @steevc
10.211 km
51 minutes
Oct. 6, 2019

Something different for #ShirtOnSunday. Many of these are about music, but they can be about anything really. @hickney started this off.

The Standalone 10k is a 10km road race that starts and ends at Standalone Farm in Letchworth. I first ran it in 2013 and this was my fourth time today. It is very well organised with lots of marshals and they close a lot of roads for it. There were over 1700 runners this year. The forecast was for rain and I could hear it as I lay in bed this morning. Happily it stopped before I cycled over there. For some reason there was a big queue to check in bags this time, but I was ready in time for the start. Usually they have some boards with times so people know how far back to line up, but I did not see them this time. I did not even hear the start horn, but I could see those ahead of me setting off.

The first stretch is downhill followed by a fairly steep climb. That helps to spread the runners out a bit as we go through the edge of town. There is a loop around some back streets before we head out onto the country road. That is only closed one way. That also goes up and down a bit, but I was not struggling with the hills. Generally I felt good and was not puffing too much. By the half-way point where we go onto the bypass I was still going well. I was getting updates from my phone and could not quite believe my pace. I had expected to do my regular 5:30/km, but the crowd was pushing me a lot quicker than that.

When we left the bypass my legs were starting to feel it, but my upper body felt fine. We had some blue sky by then. The roads were wet with a few puddles, but not too slippery. My newish On shoes were gripping well.

There is a last hill before turning back into the road where the farm is. There was a samba band there to give us a boost. There had been lots of people out around the course. I saw one guy with a bike several times as he was riding to different places to watch.

It is downhill for the last stretch, but I was running out of steam. As we turned into the farm and onto the grass I seemed to find some hidden reserves and sprinted to the finish, overtaking a few people. The clock was just ticking past 52 minutes, so I knew it was a good time. I picked up my finisher's shirt, which is pink/fuchsia this year. The colour changes each year. I saw a couple of people I knew around the finish. Then it was off to collect my bag and ride home feeling very satisfied.

I got a text with my official time shortly after I got home. 51:34 is about a minute quicker than my previous best. Endomondo shows me running several kilometres at around five minute pace, but gets to top speed wrong as usual. All that interval training has paid off. I have really improved in the last year or so. I will never be a top runner, even in my age group, but I am happy with my progress.

Run free!

The geeky guitarist and facilitator of the 10K Minnows Project.





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@exhaust:

You have uploaded 41 running activities, and 12 of them have been of similar distances (within 10 percent)! Here are your 5-fastest running activities of a similar distance:

Over these 12 similar activities, you have travelled approximately 126.28 kms at an average pace of roughly 5:52 min/km! Your latest run was at a pace of approximately 5.091min/km! Looks like you went a bit faster than usual this time! Nice work! Have a !BEER for your troubles!

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@beerlover:

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@steevc:

Just a bit faster :)


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@plantstoplanks:

Awesome job! It's always fun to have a history at a particular race to be able to compare performance year to year. I'm about to go meet a friend for an 8-miler. She's training for a half at the end of the month, but I'm just tagging along for company on her long runs. It's finally cool here so it should be a nice one!

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@steevc:

I don't do many races and tend to go for those near home. I am thinking I should do more as I want to see what I'm capable of. Enjoy your run.


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@steemkitten:

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@mahaji:

Efforts worth it! Next time I can join the race, it sounds challenging and it's not so far away from me :)


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@toofasteddie:

Hahhaha! I told you and you made it! Congrats for this PB!

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@steevc:

You know me better than I do :) This has changed my expectations. I need to find a fast parkrun course to see what I can do there.


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@gniksivart:

Is there a good app or smartwatch you can suggest for tracking your time and distance?

I want to get started running again and would like to start off with something so I can at least track my progress/improvement.

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@steevc:

I use Endomondo on my Android phone. There are lots of others, but this happened to be on special offer when I was looking. Strava and Runkeeper are popular. I have thought about getting a watch that measures my heart rate, but not sure if I really need that.


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@hockney:

Way to go! Definitely a shirt genre I wouldn't be posting :)

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@steevc:

Are you sure? It occurred to me on the ride home that it was an opportunity for a shirt post.


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@slobberchops:

I remember @bingbabe doing a 10k in 52 mins. I thought she was doing good; one of the first ones to finish. That's good going.. even I know that as a non-runnier.

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@steevc:

It's a great time for a tiny woman. Lots of people ahead of me, but not sure how many were older. I see the fastest ladies did it in under 37! They allocate ratings based on age and I seem to do okay according to that. You cannot compare yourself to much younger people and some of the older runners have probably done it all their lives.


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@pardinus:

Congrats on that pb! That pace is really good, anything below 5:30 min/km feels top racer material to me! 👍😉 I'm off to my Sunday run in an hour... in a weekend chill out pace! 😂


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Meh, it's only money. The difference is that I did not spend any Steem on boosting this post or self vote. Oh, and I won't be spamming Steem moaning about losing rewards. Your obsession with me might be considered flattering considering I just removed a few cents of your reward. I've lost more when I had a hole in my pocket.

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