1st Race Report - Asda Foundation, Jane Thomlinson 10k York 03.08.2014
Also supporting And raising funds for Stroke Association justgiving.co.uk/nicki-and-amy
Awoke at about 5am this morning and drifted in and out of sleep until 7.30am....What time? OMG! Panic. I wanted to be up at 6.30am. Cuppa tea ...phone daughter and make sure she's awake, another cuppa .... get ready, another cuppa. Nervous excitement has me in its grip! I manage half a slice of wholemeal toast and half a banana, glass of coconut water, and nuvver cuppa
Collect darling daughter, quick hello to my grand babies and we are off. OMG Traffic! My Mum lives not far from the racecourse, where the start and finish line is so we park near hers and walk 10 mins to get there.
Stressing that we will be late but hear others say the start time has been moved to 10am. I don’t trust hearesayers though so moan and stress at daughter to get a move on. She is not worried and laughs and tells me to stop stressing. This is not something I can do so easily.
So we get to the racecourse and find my Mum, my great niece, my nephew in law and have time to get in the long line for the loo. I got in the shortest queue, whereupon the guys in front inform us this is the queue for the urinals. I am not fussed but alas they are communal. We join the other line as the warm up is going on. I am buzzing with adrenaline.
It starts a little slowly until we get to the start line but then speeds up. Daughter says slow down and I do, a few times until she decides to walk a bit. She is breastfeeding so it is best she goes at her own pace. I go on ahead.
I actually start the run with Laura on the Stamina podcast and continue with my own music. The weather is lovely and sunny and there's a bit of a breeze. The sun hides behind clouds just a little and it's an all too brief relief!
I am tiring at 5k but I tell myself to "Gettamoveon Mrs" and "You can do this" and "For you Dad" and things like that and it keeps me going. Between 7 and 8k I feel I need a walk break and eventually i do walk for a few minutes but as the next song starts I do too. I run. At 9k I am tired and it seems like I am in this endless trail of nutty runners and I am asking myself, "Why? " Because of the challenge, because I want to be fit and healthy, because I am burning fat and someone shouts "Keep going. Nearly there. You have raised so much for charity. Well done" At that I tear up. I think "For you Dad." So I plod on. At long last I see the the finish line. My legs can hardly go quicker than I am moving them but I just run as strong as I am able to and there's my Mum and great niece shouting me. They are a lovely sight and I am glad they're there. I cross the finish line. I did it in around 1 hour 12 mins. That's ok. I thought I would do 1hr 10.. but it is ok. Then I get a text saying my time was 1:07:37. I am reasonably happy with that. There's always next year. My daughter's time was 1hr 25. Her max training distance was 4.5k and she has two babies under 2 so well done to her.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me on the HU forum, feĺlow c25kers on FB, friends and relatives, everyone who has donated and to my daughter for running with me. Thanks Mum for coming and cheering us on.
Feet up, trashy mags, glass of wine or two. YES! WE DID IT!