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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 โ„ ๐Ÿƒ โ„

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! ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ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!

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Wow! Great running and without the shoes. Enjoy your next 10k.

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Thanks Dowat, next one will be at a slightly nicer pace!

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Cor! A sub 60 minute 10k on your first 10k, and in walking shoes!?? Thatโ€™s quite a high bar to set uncle_wiggy! Well done, and a very, very worthy cause ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you TailChaser, calf muscles not thanking me for forgetting my shoes today tho!

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I bet!

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I jogged slowly in my walking shoes and got blisters..

A big cheer for your performance!

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๐Ÿ˜ธ Katnap ๐Ÿ˜ธ

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Cheers Katnap, I was very grateful to finish without getting blisters. Never sure how you can carry on once they've started to form! Ouch!!!

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Oh my worst fear wiggy. To forget my running shoes at a race. You did fantastic running and a great time. Hope your calves forgive you.

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Thanks paulanoo, calves feel tight & sore but not like their going to set me back more than a few days โ˜บ. I'd only listened to a 'free weekly timed' podcast recently where they discussed forgetting their shoes & couldn't believe how daft it sounded ๐Ÿ˜ณ!

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Oh Uncle Wiggy, how wonderful to complete your first race in such an epic time. And the fact it was your first 10k too is even more amazing. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

What a wonderful tribute to your dear dad and your young friend too. Those precious people gave you wings. โค๏ธ

Iโ€™m also in awe of you running in walking shoes! Not only running, but smashing 2 back to back 5k PBs! I can imagine your surprise! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Š

Inspirational Wiggy. Happy running to you! I bet youโ€™re proud as punch, and what super bling. ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…

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Thank you cheeky, I've found all this running malarkey as therapeutic as I have challenging! Running with somebody in mind changes a lot of things, physically and mentally. I reckon I've nearly cleared as much space in my mind as I have lost from my waistline! โ˜บ

I enjoy the slower training runs more, but when having worked towards a specific point it was nice to do the 2 PB's. I will never be placed 1st in a race, but PB's are just that, they are our PB's! So I figure if I can finish with a smile then I win the race no matter where I place! ๐Ÿ†

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What a fantastic run and a brilliant testimony to those you ran for. Congratulations!

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Thank you molly!

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Big Congrats. What an amazing cause and What a run!!! Or should I say sprinting hike. 10k in walking shoes is just incredible and in that weather but who needs running shoes after putting that time in. Amazing cause and amazing you. Well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.

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Thank you Wimborne, it really is a great cause & they receive far less funding per patient than some other health problems. Hopefully they will do well with fundraising as there are resolution runs all over the country!

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Great race report and you made me laugh -forgetting shoes is exactly the kind of thing I would do!

Really good cause and brilliant time too!

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Thank you Helen wheels, I did feel a bit daft, but you have to be able to laugh at yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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What a fantastic way to complete your first 10k and a superb time; you will remember it for ever thatโ€™s for sure. Your happy memories of your dad must have given you wings ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ…

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You're not wrong Sandie, they are happy memories.... I even took my medal to his graveside to show & tell him all about it!

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Well done ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ…

Doh! ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Iโ€™ve forgotten my packed bag. Good job I had my run gear on. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thank you misswobble, at least I'm not the only one then! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Eeek. Amazing to do it at all, let alone in walking shoes. Well done indeed. And in a brilliant cause. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•

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Thank you Granspeed, I'd have done this one in my slippers if I'd had to! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Congratulations on your first 10k Uncle Wiggy . What a great time, walking shoes or not. I am sure your Dad would have been so proud of you. A great charity to support. You get a graduation badge as well as your bling! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ…

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Thanks Dexy, it did all turn out OK.... Except for the calves!!! Just about over that too now, thankfully! ๐Ÿ˜

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Well done! What a fantastic performance and an excellent cause for your first 10k! ๐ŸŽ‰

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Thank you Jonathan, everything told has made it very memorable!

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Oh wow! What a great run!! And to manage it without your runners makes it even more impressive. Your Dad was certainly watching you and would be very proud.

Well done!

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Thank you Glossy!

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