London Bupa 10,000 – a race in the sun
Today I ran the London Bupa 10,000 with my running buddy S and another – I don’t know – 30,000 runners.
On my journey to the race – one of these typical London journeys: you arrive at the station, the station is closed, all trains are suspended and you need to fend for yourself (I am digressing…) – so on my journey I had 2 thoughts (actually 3, the third one was related to London Transport and included bad language, so it didn’t make it on my blog…). Anyway, I made it to Green Park in time.
First, it was sunny and getting hot. I was starting to plan out my race strategy. Bearing in mind that I’ll be running a half marathon next week, I figured I should go with the flow and take it easy. Good, first thought sorted.
My second thought was “what a bummer”. I am pretty sure a few fellow bloggers were running, wouldn’t it have been a great opportunity to meet up? Well, I’ll be running the British 10k in London in July – maybe anyone is running that one and we can have a little bloggers’ reunion? Give it a thought.
The race started off quite well. Plenty of charity runners, many people in costumes despite the heat. I was wearing my Team in Training jersey with my name on it and had a few encouraging shout outs! It was great! I love the spectator support during these races! I had a really great day today, so I don’t want to dwell too much on the negative, but there were only 2 water stations on this 10k course. Now, in normal British weather (cold, damp) it may have been sufficient, but in the heat (and more importantly with the sun beating down from close to its highest of the day), it was just not enough.
Dear Bupa 10,000 organizers: you put on a great race, but PLEASE add water stations when it’s this hot!
The race had kilometer markers rather than mile markers which I first thought to be annoying, but then I quite liked the speed at which you arrive at each new marker. Due to the heat and lack of water though (and my upcoming half marathon), I decided not to risk an injury and took it just a little slower than I trained for. After the race, S and I headed to Hyde Park for a picnic in the shade. Apparently, there was another race in Hyde Park. Busy running weekend!
Happy race day!