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Not quite 10 out of 10 – but perfection is overrated!

I’ve just completed this year’s Manchester Bupa 10k. Haile Gebrisellassi romped home to take the crown in little over 28 minutes, looking fresh as a daisy. I staggered over the finishing line in 46:43 and have been recovering all week!

It’s a personal best over this course but short of my record over the 10k distance. Naturally, tiredness gives way to disappointment at not hitting my target (anything under 45 minutes), but now I’m beginning to reflect that in three years I have gone from just over 60 minutes to just over 45 minutes for this distance, whilst becoming three years older.

Setting personal goals can lead to disappointment or frustration, but the real killer is not setting them at all.

So that sub-45 minutes still beckons, even if it takes me another three years. At least I’ll be fit, healthy and less guilty about the odd pint!

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