HI folks, it's been a while - okay, I admit it, I tend to be a background lurker (!), but I just had to share this as a thanks to all of you who have (probably unknowingly) been such an inspiration!
Saturday night myself and TurboTortoise completed Nike's We Own The Night women's 10k in London. Wow, it was incredible! It was my first ever race - since school's sports days, which were torturous to say the least - and I was a little apprehensive about applying. But some kind and encouraging words from TurboTortoise and a few others on the FB group, along with the enticement of a very pretty Alex Munroe necklace as race medal (isn't it lush?!), and I was all signed up.
This was a little over a week ago, so not much time to prepare. I had only ever completed one 10k run (quite by accident) and a couple of 9k's, and as you can imagine the thought of a timed, raced 10k was a tad terrifying. Was I justified in my near-panic nerves? Heck, no!!
Saturday night rocked up, race kit was ready, journey to Mile End all planned and off I went. I have to admit that some of the nerves stemmed from meeting up with someone who I had only ever met virtually. What if we didn't get on? Had nothing to talk about? What if I held her up running? Oh silliness, you, it was fine! We met up, chatted (run, run and running), froze our extremities off for ten minutes and headed our separate ways to our respective start groups, no problem about holding her up (which I would have as her finish time was fantastically quick - see TurboTortoise's post We Own The Night ).
So, me, TT and 9998-ish other women ran. And ran. And ran, you get the drift of it. It was amazing! The atmosphere was super-charged all the way around Victoria Park and any apprehension I had prior to the event just melted away as soon as I started to run. I completed the race in 1:05:26, which I am chuffed with. And now the gloves are off for my battle with sub-1hr!
Now I have had a chance to calm down and take stock of what happened Saturday night, I find myself transported back six months ago, to a woman struggling to run ninety seconds, three minutes, five minutes. And then I graduated c25k and ran for thirty minutes!! That was in February and steadily this running lark has crawled under my skin and infiltrated every nerve, tendon and muscle, and it is all thanks to the programme and the wonderful support from this community and over on FB. To echo what so many before me have said, it works, really works! I am a happier, more confident, faster(!) person than I have ever been, and I am standing at the finish line facing my next 10k!
So a big THANK YOU to you lovely peeps, I couldn't (and wouldn't) have done it without you!!