Just in case you've not read enough Virtual Vitality 10k posts I thought you might like another one!
Here we have Sandie1961 , Shake-and-run , Windoze, Katnap and myself, together with Sandie's friend on the left. We had just finished our cool down walk and were looking forward to the delicious coffee and cakes at our local cafe 😋
After weeks of... *cough*... careful planning, changing our plans as fast as the government would let us, the Stratford Six met up at 9am this morning at the Pavilion (where our parkrun normally would be starting up it's weekly junior event) and set off on our pre-arranged 10k loop. Shakes is a 10k newbie so set off a little earlier to Jeff the route that she and Sandie had checked out the day before.
I had no hope of keeping up with the chaps, but Sandie very kindly let me give it a go. I was hoping we could run together but as this was my only chance of a proper competitive run this year I didn't want to miss the opportunity.
As the course 'designer' I was fairly confident I wouldn't get it wrong...but there is a twiddly bit just after 6km that I had stuck in my head went a particular way. When I saw the three chaps heading towards me, I immediately shouted out 'you're going the wrong way'...and then I thought about it a bit more as I headed towards a dead end...🙄
Still, a 10k is a 10k. Just because I had to finish by the hotel rather than the golf club, I still did it. It just felt a bit odd running past the finishing party of the chaps and Shakes 🤣...and I got the sub-60 that I hoped for, getting my second fastest 10k, so very happy.
Windoze topped it all. Not only did he cycle the 13 miles to the run, but he cycled back again after fueling up on coffee and two brownies!!
We've just treated ourselves to a Sunday lunch out where the weather finally got it's own back and chucked it down shortly before our meal came out. Now I've still got 2 miles left to do of my weekly running challenge...it may have to wait...
Now very much looking forward to my next socially distanced run dressing up in Santa suits with Shakes & co!
Happy running all!