'What to wear?' dramas...sunny day threw me off guard. I needed something to put my inhaler and all the sweets in...so I opted for Mr Juicyju's Gore cycling coat...but he did suggest I try his cycling Gilet as it also had zips and mesh...I put it on and said 's*** whats that disgusting smell ?'...'oh it might need washing' was the reply...'when did you last wash it?' ...'er I haven't' ( he has had it about 5 months and worn it loads cycling!!!!!)...so it was on with the Gore and off with the Gilet ( its currently in the machine)...
First 2 k's was leon battling with a stitch and us shouting at each other..'why did you make me eat breakfast mummy, you know it gives me stitch,'....'because you are 12 and running a HM on an empty tummy makes me a crap parent'....more shouting continued but it made the time go quicker and before we knew it, it was 5k, time for a sweet and the usual leg aches and pains were starting to die down ( I make a conscious decision to entirely ignore them and they eventually give up)...Leon's stitch had mellowed and we were friends again discussing our stats and he was happy with whatever his Garmin kept beeping at him!!..
There were a few other runners and cyclists and they were all happy and smiley Only a couple weren't and we just decided they weren't enjoying themselves and had issues!!!!
We had fizzy randoms and milk bottles, and a foul tasting lucozade energy drink....Leon thought it had gone off!
Now....about 15k in is the parkrun hill...about 1.5k of total climbing, its a killer...I was getting tired at that point and leon just kept running and I walked for a couple of minutes...that was so so hard, I had to dig deep...Then there were so many flipping people on the suspension bridge who didn't like the idea of runners.....
Last 2k...Oh f*** f*** I can't do it....legs were killing me, I was tired, Leon was fine and just kept encouraging me when I was screaming, 'I cant do it, help me, I am going to die'( I am a bit dramatic at times)...I focussed totally on my Panther mantra:
PUSH THAT BODY, PUNISH THAT BODY'
My last k was the quickest ( 5 mins 51 secs)...that Panther mantra just works as I imagine it...
Finally did it in 2 hours 16 mins...no PB but felt good...I had a horrible feinty, sicky thing when i got home, but I just ate loads of lunch and lovely cheeses and it wore off...Leon is eating chicken and mash now, and he is fine!
I am going to stick with water in future...and I really don't like the sweets...I need something ( because Silky Steve told me )...suggestions welcome!
Oh and my daughter made us both a medal ( she had seen it on Blue Peter!!)
Happy Panthering everyone and keep the faith