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So this Valentine’s Day was a bit different because I decided to start my 10K season early with a new event that I’ve never tried before!…  here’s how I got on!

Name: Valentine’s 10K (V10k)

Where: Chessington, Greater London


Distance: You guessed it – 10K


Organiser: 26.2 Road Runners Club Surbiton

My Time: 51:40 – New P.B

The Bad

It wasn’t very scenic – the start is in a business park, the finish is the entrance to the community college and most of the route is run alongside the road which is a bit of a shame and regardless of the amount of marshals (who were great!) during an event, it can be really hard to focus solely on the run when you are crossing roundabouts etc as it is always in the back of your mind!

That being said, I didn’t have any incidents because of the fab organisation and it definitely didn’t hinder my time!

The Good

Dad and I at the finish! – sweating a bit

I got a new Personal Best!! that I definitely didn’t expect for the first event of the season (I haven’t done much 10k training) and because there were a few small hills! (which I didn’t realise!) My dad (who also ran) did a P.B of 55:57 too!!

The weather was perfect for me! – not raining, crisp and the sun was out! which for February is almost a miracle (especially recently)

It was a lovely atmosphere at the race HQ and was well organised throughout with fantastic and enthusiastic marshals (who were definitely appreciated!) – the technical t-shirt is pretty cool too!

I also found my running doppelganger who had the same P.B and was running at the same pace for most of the way round and she really helped me through … it is the first time I have met someone to run with at an event and it was great to have that extra support!  – if you are reading this –  thank you! and well done on smashing your P.B too!!

Will I be back next year? Definitely

My New Target

Since I have achieved my goal pretty quickly this year, which I did not expect I feel I have to set a new goal so that I don’t get lazy! – My new aim is to get under 50 minutes! (we shall see)

The Rest of Our Valentine’s Day

We still did some valentine’s-y things when I got home, we spent some quality time together snuggling on the sofa and I was surprised by these beautiful flowers and I even got this wonderful new knitting project (I have already started) which was totally unexpected! this year the husband did good! so overall for me it was the best Valentine’s Day Yet!

My Lovely Surprise Gifts

Did we still have cake? – yes, yummy chocolate cheesecake to be exact

Did I share? – nope, don’t judge me because I earned it!

What did you do this valentine’s day? Did you make it a good one?!


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