I did it, I completed the Great Manchester 10k today.
Like I said yesterday, I’ve been doing a lot of foam rolling and icing on my ankle and shin for the last couple of days so I was a bit nervous this morning. Once I got to Manchester I was ok though, it was a agreat atmosphere and, it was hot today which is unusual for the north of England. Being the sensible guy I am (sometimes) I took some factor 30 sunscreen and smothered myself in it before the start. Not a nice mental picture I know, but it did the job.
After the warm-up we all shuffled to the start line, the atmosphere was great with all the people lining the streets shouting your name. The start gun went off and we started, there was the usual rush as some runners sprinted and weaved their way through the mass of people.
Within the first mile what struck me was the sound of thousand’s of running shoes hitting the ground and the sound of panting from some people. I looked at my watch and I was slightly faster than I wanted, 9:33. I decided to settle into this and see how it went.
It was hot, but not unbearable by any stretch. I reached the 5k mark at about 29 minutes which I was pretty pleased with. I thought about my shin and ankle, everything seemed ok, so far.
The next couple of miles went past with no bother, although by the end of mile 5, I did start to feel some pain in the top of my foot which radiated up my shin. At around mile 6, the pain had got worse and was affecting my gait slightly.
With the finish line in sight I managed a sprint (AKA, a slightly faster hobble) and crossed the line in 59:35, beating my previous PB by 13 minutes. I was pleased but looked a pathetic site limping along to collect my medal.
Walking very slowly to the train station was painful, but I managed it. Once I got home I’ve been icing and massaging my leg, it feels slightly better. Time will tell!