This was never going to be easy, having barely run in the last 4 months. Most of last week I couldn't even walk with gout, and I've had a strained adductor since mid December, which gives shooting pains down my thigh if I try to run.
So this so-called race was really a test to see if I could run pain free. I deliberately didn't race for the first kilometre, thinking I could make places with that approach. The 2nd kilometre I felt OK, and passed a few folk and thought I might get away it, but then around kilometre 3 the wheels came off and I realised I was running on empty, and just went backwards the rest of the race to record my slowest ever 10k.
I knew even before I started that this would be my slowest 10k, but I was still hoping to get under 40 minutes, and just managed this by clocking 39:49, which was more than 5 minutes slower than 2 years ago.
My right adductor is now extremely sore, so I guess I won't be racing again for a while.