First off, even though Ive been quiet on the community (for which I apologise) I have still been thinking of you and keeping tabs on you all (in a non stalker type way of course!)
However, it doesnt mean that I havent beavering away myself getting through this running malarky best I could, with the wise words of you all behind me.
So - it's with a big WHOOP WHOOP that I tell you all that on 26th May 2013 I graduated whilst doing the 10k Manchester run!!
Admittedly, the second 5k was more a start - stop affair, but I did it!!
I did it with all your words of support behind me, and I cannot thank you enough.
The "warm up" exercises nearly finished me off, but when my green wave came to start, I did it slowly and kept plodding........ The people supporting us round the course were fantastic and having some special family members there at the start and finish, made it even more emotional.
It was a really really hot day and that made it really hard in itself. Memo for next time (get me) - bring a little water bottle of my own, dont rely completely on the water stations.
I didnt need to grab a handful of jelly babies from the nice people on the sidelines, as I had my own stash of jelly beans however, they did end up melting in to a huge blob so It was sight for sore eyes me running with a gob full of sweets whilst trying to breathe!!
And i was slightly perturbed by the people with blue gloves on who had a smear of vaseline for you to "high five" off them.... was it to aid chaffing?
I cant tell you how hard the last 800 metres were either! they were the longest 800 m known to man. I will admit to walking 200m or so but for the final bit, I slogged it across.
and then broke down in tears! It was due to physical and emotional exhaustion, and I didnt care.
but I got my finisher t-shirt and medal and then after a large slug of water, went and got myself a large glass of cool white wine!!! boy was it good.
After effects of the run? well, i found it extremely hard to get up once I sat down, but other than that, nothing. But I have extremely bad sunburn which I feel so stupid about getting as i should know better. I just didnt expect it to be that warm and sunny. Hey ho, lesson learnt.
Im due to go back out running tonight after a few days off to recouperate the muscles (muscles which didnt know what hit them on Sunday) and so I will let you know how I get on.
BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL. You are all very special people who have listened, advised and encouraged.