Well today was the day of the Great North 10k, went against the advice of my dad who's been running since before I was born (he's not a fan of the course) and signed up a month ago. Pre-race nerves were definitely getting the better of me this morning but I woke up to find a nice message from fitfor60 via the website and lucked out with notbad being on the same metro and spotting me as we walked down to Gateshead stadium for the start. It was really nice to have someone to chat to and while away the time until the start rather than stewing in my own thoughts. The weather? Bloomin awful, rain showers and muggy, no sun, yuk!
I was in the green wave (3rd wave out of 4) and found to my dismay that the 1st part of the course was up before we got to go downhill to the quayside.....up before anyone was warm or had got into a rhythm kept up an ok pace over the undulations this course has, lovely water station at 4k with proper 500ml bottles (sorry miles, no PPC cups for us!) and at 5.5k my Dad who'd run over from Newcastle joined me for a k as a interloper, we got a photo taken in that k and I hope it's a good one as I have great respect for my Dad who's a great runner and a pic of us both would be lovely to have. 7k and the hills started again to get back up to the stadium, had to walk at the top of the 7k one, managed to motor on until the dreaded one at the end of 8k and had to walk 1/4 of that too Good news I completed it in 1:11:11 couldn't have done that if I tried! Now I have my 1st shiney medal and yesterday my fiancé came home with my 1st ever race certificate framed (Blaydon race, they don't do medals but certificates instead) happy happy days!
Apart from the undulating course which I didn't find as fun as the Blaydon race, it was well organised but I warn you be careful removing those timing chips they give you that cable tie on, sliced my finger getting it off, luckily I got a sticky plaster off the great guys who volunteer for st.Johns and they didn't even ask me to fill in a form which I was dreading.
Now onwards and upwards, there is only 8 weeks now until the GNR but I'm feeling good as I put in a 9 mile training run on Monday, I'll definitely get the 10 in you need to run it but I'm not sure HM's are for me, 10ks are far enough I think to be serious but not require a stupid amount of time investment in training (which I'm sad to report is wearing thin). My saving grace from falling out of love with long running, running to raise money for Parkinson's which my Mum suffers from, yes I won't do it again but I'll make a damn good job of this one
Happy running folks!