Running 55:00  13.0 km (4:14 / km)
Really frustrating 10k race in Madrid.
The whole problem started with the bag check. I was waiting in line for 50 minutes before the race to check my bag so I wouldn´t leave it laying around the city. Since it took so long I started 10 minutes late, without any warmup at all, except for the minute it took me to run to the starting line.
I was stuck in the back of the pack and had to weave in and out of people to get anywhere. I wasted so much energy that way. I went through the first 2k in 8 minutes and my legs were heavy, no warmup and jumping everywhere to get through people makes 4 minutes per k feel tough. I got to 5k in a little under 20 minutes and started to feel warmed up there. At that point I decided that today was just going to be a workout. I was rolling after that and felt comfortable and ultimately finished in 37:40.
I hate saying this but had it been a normal race with a decent warm-up I feel I could have done around 35 minutes. So frustrating. I guess I should have lowered my expectations for Spanish efficiency.