You run like a fairy Aussie

You run like a fairy Aussie

Morning all,

Aussie here with a magical Mother's Day race report.. this time from the Lidl Breakfast Run in Kingston. Running for Breast Cancer Care, I was "challenged" by some colleagues to add some extra touches to the pink running vest in return for additional donations. After a 25km long run on the 8th March, the 8.2 mile distance on Mother's Day is perfect tapering for the Richmond Half Marathon next weekend. What better excuse!

So, after selecting some sturdy wings, a magical wand and an awesome hot pink tutu, I was ready for race day! I decided to ditch the music and run to my own beat for the first time and I'm really glad I did... for so many reasons...

At around 8:30am we were ready to go and I'd decided to join the 9 min/mile pace group this time to push myself a bit in readiness for next week... with a minute between pace groups, it wasn't long until I was off and running...

The beauty (well, I wouldn't call myself a beauty but you see my point) of being without the music and headphones was the way I realized I could run, have a laugh and a chat with the other runners and settle into a lovely pace and really soak up the atmosphere... As you can imagine, the outfit caused quite a few spontaneous conversations, quite a few cheers and made for a great Mother's Day run...

I spent miles 5-7 chatting with a lovely lady and another bloke (who were doing the 16 mile distance) about their preparations for the London Marathon (wow) and how we'd all got into running late in life and that 12 months ago doing this sort of thing would have been out of the question... 7 miles into a run and we're having a nice old chat at 9:30 min/mile pace! Amazing!

It was about then I realized that running wasn't just about fitness, it wasn't just about the training and the hard miles (and the intervals, the hills) but that actually it was about getting out every now and then, running with other people and enjoying what we're doing.. Fitness has become fun! Running has a social side... I loved every mile...

At mile 7, I excused myself with a "well, I best be off then for my sprint finish" and powered it home... the flying fairy overtaking a few folks and getting a massive cheer from the crowd as I entered the Kingston market place... Ran past a group of about 15 runners with a "follow the fairy home" shout and sprinted in to finish in 1:16:47, a full 5 minutes and 13 seconds faster than the last time around...

I did feel a bit sorry for the bloke I overtook with about 10 metres to go who muttered "awesome, beaten by a fairy" as we crossed the line! Haha!

The humbling bits of the day? Raising over £300 for Breast Cancer Care... awesome!

And my most humbling moment? I was approached by a guy after the race as I was getting my post race photos with the Breast Cancer Care folks who came up and said what a wonderful race I'd run and that he was determined to catch the fairy all the way around and tell me how well I was doing... only he never did quite catch me... he sent me a text later offering to donate and said "Good running! Thanks for pulling me round.."

The Aussie has gone from a non-runner to a "fairy pacer" in 12 months... to think someone else thought I put in a good race and that I actually challenged someone else to push themselves that little bit more was a truly humbling moment... I may not be fast, but I run with passion, enjoy every mile and if I can convince just one person to change their life then "long may it run on"...

Happy running y'all! Richmond HM race report next Monday... :)

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  • Ha ha!! Love the photo!! That's brilliant. What a great post. Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration. What a lovely feeling to know you helped others round and raised loads of money too. Well done you!!!

  • Well done Aus! That must have been a blast. Comely outfit that matey! Ha ha.

  • Great post. Love the photo - sounds like you were a real crowd pleaser. What a great idea to make the event a little more fun.

  • Looking good Aussie! well done on your run, great time too and great fundraising effort! ! and inspiring others- you better believe it! :) good luck for your next race! :)

  • Well done Aussie, suits you sir! Having fun, that's what it's all about, and raising awareness and funds for a good cause? What's not to like? I might need to borrow that tutu if you don't mind, seems like the perfect running attire! Go fairies!

    Mx

  • LOL. I mean it; I just did. Well Done Aussie!

  • Sounds like a fab race Aussie. I'm loving the tutu. You are so right about the social side of running, I was thinking the very same at parkrun on Saturday when we all scuttled off to the café for post run bacon sarnies and coffee! There's much more to running than running! Well done, pacing fairy! x :-)

  • Well done - love your new look! Since you did so well you'll have to take the lucky wand next time! Great post made me smile on a very grey afternoon.

  • I'm very disappointed in you Aussie - I expected fishnets at the very least! And stilettos as JuJu said...Well done on another great run xxx

  • Great stuff Aussie. You've come such an amazingly long way in the last year, both literally and metaphorically. From a standing start, to being someone's pacer in a 10k. Awesome :) xx

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