This race had to be cancelled last year due to the snow in the UK.
I was due to run the 20 mile race in preparation for the Great Welsh Marathon. I actually went out for a 20 mile run around Brecon instead.I knew that I wouldn’t be able to run 20 miles at this point in the year so opted for the 10 mile race instead.
My mileage will build up soon for Race To The Stones (RTTS) but not just yet.
As I’m still getting through what ever is troubling my hamstring & glute, I ran a test 10 miler on the route last week. This actually went really well. It was also the first time I used TailWind to fuel my runs.
I will be using it at RTTS and it’s always best to try new fuel ideas beforehand.
The 10 & 20 mile races start together on the out and back course along the generally flat Taff Trail. Those running the 20 do two laps.
The start was slow and that was great for me! I had a race plan of taking the first six out easy (9 min miles) and then attacking the four miles back.
After the first mile, which loops back to the start, I felt like I wanted to pick the pace up. The legs felt decent so I went with it.
I started going passed runners with relative ease, although this can be deceptive as some are running the 20 and will be running at a more conservative pace.
I got to the turnaround and was doing really well, I’m sure the TailWind helped with that. I was tired but didn’t feel like I had to significantly slow down or stop.
The legs haven’t run at pace for a while and this was clear as I neared the end. With just over half a mile to go there is a slight incline which made my legs work more than they had been but I’d recovered by the time I got to the short hill under a bridge (locals will know). I was able to get up that relatively easily.
Then it was a downhill dash to the finish!
My chip time was 1:18:57Which works out at a huge Personal Best. My previous best was 1:27 although that was at the much tougher, hillier Brecon 10.
Photo credit to Robert Gale of Parc Bryn Bach Running Club
I’ll be back on the Taff Trail this Sunday as I’m running the Merthyr Half Marathon.
The race starts and ends at the College; first heading out on the Trevithick Trail before coming back on the Taff Trail.
The route has changed in the last few years but is going back to the route I ran in 2015. I finished that day in 2:05:48 so I’m hoping for better than that.