Well folks it was hot hot hot here in Newcastle today (too hot!)
Metro ride and walk to the start went well, including only a 15min queue for the loo so I was very happy. Got to my starting pen and got chatting to a 2 nice ladies, one who was running for the same charity as me, one who taught me to stop my Garmin going into standby after finding satellites (still a novice) but I was well aware that even just stood there I had started sweating and I'm by nature usually always cold! (Warning bells!) comical mass warm up done and Mo was off! Took 35minutes to reach his start point but it passed really quick as we did what ladies do best and gas! Said goodbye to my new friends and wished them all the best as they left me for dust.
First 3 miles went ok, I even looked out for notbad on her charity bus but without my specs I was doomed (so sorry I missed you!) my pace was a bit quick according to Miss Garmin and she was slightly ahead of the markers (I'm blaming this on the tunnels under the central motorway in newcastle, which rang to the sound of Oggie Oggie Oggie, Oi Oi Oi as we ran through).
I hit mile 4 and that's when I started to get sapped, even stopped to take on some early fruit pastilles in the vain hope that this would help. To no avail, the next few miles passed as a walk/run. In training I'd taken on around 500mls of water over my whole 2 hr runs, as I glanced at my bottle I was running perilously low! Next water station I refilled my bottle with theirs.
Miles 7-11 the walks got longer and longer, As you can see from my Garmin splits in the picture (I also picked up a lucozade drink at 10miles in the vain hope that would help!) but once I'd hit the top of the last hill I made a concerted effort to run the last mile and a half (this shows too in my stats). As I finished I realised I'd just missed the 3 hr mark but finishing in 3:03:00 chip time. A little gutted but to be expected given the weather (and I did feel crummy about 15 mins after the race for half an hour so I think I put my all in) But I can say I've done the GNR! And no before you ask I wasn't the millionth finisher but I do like the gold on the tshirt.
I've tried to make a mix of 4 photos as 1 just doesn't cut it. 1 before I left, 1 as I finished, 1 for miles yonder of my top and medal since he has a love of all things shiney and 1 of my garmin stats since I don't have the strength to find a pen
Well my pizza delivery is due, happy running all and I hope our other c25kers did well and enjoyed it!