10k done!

Well I can now say that if I can do it anyone can!

From struggling to complete the first week of couch to 5k in February, I have now run my first race since the primary school egg and spoon race 40+ years ago.

Just after I started the couch to 5k program I won a competition to enter a 10k race which was to be held 4 days before my 50th birthday.I thought - what does it matter what happens just give it a go. It focused my training and although I had never run more than 7km I thought well now or never. I just put on the headphones and plodded along and was pleasantly pleased to reach the finish line in a time of 53 minutes and with no major issues.

I must admit that the thought of coming in last was on my mind at the start ,but I the fear soon disappeared and I started to enjoy run. The cheering crowd gave me a real buzz and although I was tempted to pick up the pace at the end I thought - no just make sure you finish!

On seeing the results I was happy to see my place considering it was my first ever run and I was the oldest in my category and the knowledge that in my next run I will be one of the youngest runners!

So a big thanks to all who gave me help and encouragement along the way

and as I said if I can do it anyone can give it a go :)

Thanks again

6 Replies

  • Congrats on your 10K and 53 minutes can never be classed as plodding along ;-) great time

  • That's a wonderful time and as Phil says not to be classed as a plod by any means, well done you.

  • Well done you; 53 minutes for 10K is a seriously good time. Definitely not a plod!

  • Fantastic.. Well done... Cannot wait till I'm where you are..

  • Well done - that's a great time!

  • I agree - 53 minutes is not a plod!!!

    Understand what you mean - 8 weeks ago I would not have thought it possible that I would be able to run for 30 minutes, let alone 5k. My first parkrun was 33min 6 sec for 5k - which I thought was ok for a first attempt as I was only on week 5 at the time. - and I'm now considering the local half marathon next June...................

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