Why don't I look as exhausted as I felt?
Thanks everybody so much for your good wishes. Thinking about my virtual support party really kept me going. Well! ~ I did my usual five minute run, 45 seconds walk programme and it worked really well. I had my Garmin set to a 7.40 min per K pace which I thought was ambitious enough for a granny and it worked a charm. It kept saying I was on pace and even above pace and I kept giving little internal whoops. After the first 2K I decided to try and sprint for the last 30 seconds of each five minute run segment and it seemed to help keep me up to pace. It was such fun. Up until the last 3k when the sun came out and it suddenly became really really hot. I poured whole bottles of water over the back of my neck which helped , but by 8K I found my legs turning to jelly and I was no longer able to do the sprint bit at the end of the 5 minute segment. It was now really hard work and it was all I could do to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Didn't help when I was pushed aside by a person running inside a bright yellow pillar box fancy dress. I never had any doubt that I was going to finish but my Garmin kept saying 'behind pace' and I felt a bit despondent. And then suddenly people started dropping like flies all around me and I was passing people being given oxygen and loaded into ambulances and I thought. Come on. It could be worse, and decided I wasn't going to walk any more. Then there was music and loudspeakers and we saw the finish line and people with younger legs than me were invigorated and started sprinting past me, But it was okay. I was going to finish. And so did! I resisted the urge to collapse and carried on walking to collect my medal and goodie bag and then there were my lovely boys waiting to greet me. We got a kind passing lady to take a photo of the three of us in our 10K t-shirts and then we headed down to Leeds station for the best lager and lime of my life.
Still on a high. The results came in this afternoon and I finshed 6005th out of 10,000 runners. Of the 14 people in my age group, I was 6th. Garmin also said I shaved seven minutes off my PB 10 K time (though I I'm not sure I believe it. Son 1 finished 50th overall and son 2 was 141st. All in all quite a day!