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I took part in my first race, 10km, a few months ago, and have lost motivation since.
The training went well - I'm not fast and am never going to be be was pleased when I reached milestones of running for 30, 60 and 90 mins continuously.
I felt ready for the race and hoped to do it in 70-75mins. On the day the conditions were bad - raining and very muddy. It was also a lot hillier than I expected, and I had to walk up and down slippery slopes and steps.
I finished in 82mins, which I was a bit disappointed by, but could be explained by the course and conditions. However, I found the whole experience demotivating as after the first 2km I was running on my own for the whole race. I wasn't the last, but only saw other runners when they came back past me. Some of the martials were great and encouraging, some seemed to want to get home and some had already gone leaving me having to stop to gues the route. When I got to the end the anouncer had packed up and the crowd gone. I'd expected to run with a group who were motivating each other, and found the whole thing a real let down.
I'd like to give it another go, but worried that another race would just be the same. Am I just too slow to be running races like this? Would I always be running alone? Or are there races that would suit me better with a few others running at this pace?
I'd welcome thoughts and experiences.