The main reason I put 'eventful' is because some of you may have seen my traumas with the lost race pack!!!
We arrived incredibly early and luckily just gave me a new racepack at which point I nearly cried I was so happy. I don't know why but I've been so excited about this race.... Husband was being nice and helpful ( guilt due to racepack incident!!!). Met a lovely man in the cafe who does ultras and has only been running for 18 months!! He was explaining that its a different outlook on an ultra...you can take walk breaks, chat, take it all in as its more of a journey. I knew it...he put his finger on exactly the reason why I want to do ultras.....
It was wet and rainy, and helpful husband managed to get a bin bag for me from the cafe to adorn myself with. They actually keep you nice and warm, so worth remembering to bring one for future races....
I was near the front for my wave and the build up was incredible, lots of yelling and excitement....we all counted down from 10 to 1 before the big start. I had a viking type man next to me covered in tatoos, so I just smiled up at him knowing full well he'd belt off as soon as we went!! ( he did!!).
I started off with speed as planned and that was great at pacing me. I did my first k in 5 mins 33 secs so that felt good. After that I slowed a bit, but never under 6 minutes per k. I sped up at 6k and got my water, I chucked half of it over me which felt delicious!! The last 3 k's there were loads of crowds and I just zoned out on them. I was saying my mantra ( in my head!!) and imagining my hunter chasing after me with his big gun...so I panthered along at a good steady pace until 9k...'come on Ju, nearly there'. I just pushed and ran, and focussed, then sprinted the last 300 metres.... I felt a bit 'headrushy' at the end, and got an energy drink quickly!!
So....I did it in 56 minutes and 52 seconds ( my official time)...I am sooooo happy, and thats a new PB for me too.
I am a very happy panther....the pic is me at the end looking a bit gormless but v proud!!
Happy panthering everyone...