So yesterday I took part in my first 10k event. I had purposefully not completed a 10k run previously just to make this my first one, as I was running in memory of my dad who didn't survive his stroke, and a 16yr old family friend who is recovering from a bleed on his brain.
The weather was kind enough to stop raining just a few minutes before we started but the wind was strong & cold ❄ 🍃 ❄
I'd gathered everything I would need, early the day before as we were in London the night before at a twenty one pilots concert (who were amazing btw!), so didn't get to bed until 1am, hardly the best run prep! However, when I arrived at the run venue, jumped out of the warm car all excited & ready to go... Only to realise that I'd left my running shoes at home, in a bag by the front door! 🤦♂️Had I not put them in a bag, there's no way I could have missed my 'bobby dazzlers', what a muppet! Luckly I was wearing some karrimor walking shoes, so could at least still take part!
At least once we started we were warmer & the first 5k passed so well I'd actually matched my PB at parkrun! I totally expected the 2nd half to be slower than the first but was determined to maintain the pace for as long as possible. I'd focused a lot on this event and who it was in memory of during the longer training runs and Sunday was no different, the 2nd half was tougher physically but mentally I had strong company helping me along. A finishing time wasn't that important to me but expected something around 65mins from training times. I was quite amazed at the finish line to read 57:10, meaning I had almost run 2 parkrun PB's back to back!!
It felt very lucky to be lined up alongside a group of people, some of which were survivors of strokes themselves, all of us there to support a deeply underfunded organisation.
Happy running people, have a great week!