Miles has given an excellent description of the York 10k race yesterday a few posts below mine, so I won't be repeating everything he said. He's a far better story teller than me
But I do want to celebrate having completed the run. The day after I graduated c25k on the 28th April, I signed up for the York 10k race on the 3rd August in order to give myself a carrot to continue training. With just over 3 months to increase my distance from 5km to 10km, it felt very doable.
It wasn't nearly as "easy" as I had thought. First I completely over-trained and had to take a few weeks out of training due to a minor knee injury. Then things went really well for quite a few weeks, and I got up to 9 km running, as well as cross training with regular cycling and a bit of swimming. A month ago I lost the mojo and simply stopped doing any exercise. That lasted for nearly 3 weeks, before I realised that it was about time to do something if I was to complete the 10k.
So all in all, it hasn't been easy, but completing the race yesterday, without having to walk, without feeling completely knackered, was such a wonderful feeling!
64 minutes 8 seconds, which I'm very pleased with. And I hope Cancer Research UK will be pleased with the £160 I managed to convince friends and family to donate as sponsorships.
Next step is to continue training for the half marathon I also signed up for back in April. The HM in on the 19th November in Birmingham. So again there's just over 3 months to double the distance. I hope I have learnt the lesson that it's not "easy", and that I must watch out for over doing things and burning myself out. On the other hand, yesterday also proved just how much fun it can be!