After a slow and steady London Marathon I wanted to see if my running and fitness had actually improved so I signed up for the Vitality 10000. The route was flat, fast out and back through the city. It was great to see the elite men coming through 7-8km really going for it.
The start and finish were actually the nicest parts of the route. When I did this race two years ago you went passed St Paul's and the turnaround was through Leadenhall market which was beautiful. Both of those were missing this year but when you turned after the 8km marker you got a great view of Big Ben.
In terms of my race it was good, I really enjoyed pushing myself a bit harder than usual. It did hurt after 8.5km although I managed not to slow too badly. It was the first time I've had absolutely nothing left in the tank for a sprint at the end, I even had something left in the marathon!
My official mat time was 1 hr 5mins 38s which is a bit disappointing as I kept up sub 10.5 min/miles and had hoped to get under 1hr 5min. My longer term goal is sub 60min which will take some work though. Still it's a PB by 1 minute 36seconds so I'm going in the right direction at least...