Like many others I wanted to do something special for the last day of 5x50 so when I saw Malcy’s suggestion of doing a half marathon distance running and walking, I couldn’t resist! I plotted a route, along the canal for 10 and a bit K and then back again. Simples! This conveniently takes me from fairly close to my house right to the centre of Oxford. I planned to run one way and walk back.
So this morning I had a good breakfast, jumped in the shower and off I went. I started my warm up walk and thought oh no, I need a wee! Chose to ignore it and put it down to nerves and off I went. I guess the route was fairly standard. Being my third 10K, I actually feel I am starting to get a bit more comfortable doing them! (can’t believe I just said that). It was fairly uneventful, beautiful and relaxing. I enjoyed seeing my city from a different perspective. So much so, I wasn’t sure when I had reached the end! It seemed to arrive quicker than I expected, so I fumbled around a bit deciding if I was in the right place. I was. I turned Endomondo off and had recorded 10.15K in 1.04.26.
I quickly popped to a nearby loo, just in case, but shouldn’t have bothered! Right, the return journey. I decided to do a light jog, after all it was quicker than walking, and home seemed so far away! So off I went, feeling comfortable and feeling like each step was a running bonus and extra mileage for the team. After a while my playlist finished and so I fished out my phone to restart it and saw I had done 5K. I was halfway home already! Soon after this, I started to feel more tired. I felt hungry and really thirsty! All I could think about was water! I hadn’t brought any with me as I don’t like carrying around things, but luckily I was on the canal where there are occasional water taps. Now I felt like a real runner as I paused momentarily like a marathoner at a water station to bend down, splash a handful of water over my face and take a quick mouthful! (I didn’t want any more, in case it was dodgy!)
I persevered and made it, adding an extra 1K on the end to make sure I completed the half marathon distance. It was slower than the first half, but I ran the whole thing and recorded 11.01K in 1.20.23, so in total I ran 21.16K in 2.24.49.
I can’t believe that only a few weeks ago I blogged about my first 10K and here I am doing that twice? Have I lost my marbles? The 5x50 effect indeed knows no limits within our team!
I am planning to blog about my experience with this great challenge, but not now. Now I need to lie down for a bit!
(The picture is from the route, but taken another day on a recce during a lunchtime walk)