I woke after a sleepless night and there was no excuse. The sky was grey but no rain, so dressed and left the house with my partner. The Parkrun is 5 minutes away, so a prefect warm up. I ran round the carpark when we got there 'cos it was cold and I was nervous.
The marshal told us what to do and I got in line with 250 other runners. Then we were off.
I was a bit too far back and had to walk the first few yards cos it was a bit crowded. But soon I got in behind three chaps who seemed to be doing about the right pace. I was a bit surprised to find a bit of a hill! No one had told me there were hills. There's no hills on a treadmill So round the lake and a long fairly muddy hill to the top of a huge field. I remembered reading a post yesterday - short steps, don't go fast. Then round and back to the country centre for the second lap. Neil shouted out 16:40. Woohoo perfect pace.
By this time my breathing was getting a bit ragged, but my legs were fine. More hills and I overtook a couple of people walking. My breathing was deteriorating and I had to start counting to keep it steady. I rounded the last corner and the country centre was in sight. Just a right turn and a hundred yards to the finish line. The last few yards were a trial, but I carried on and finished in 34 something. My mind went blank. I'll have to wait for the arrow valley results to find out my exact time. (Arrow Valley parkrun results for event #137. Your time was 00:33:22)
But I finished it and graduated in style.
My legs hurt