So I've finally put down the high fiveing Westie and joined the fray. Bailey happily went into the kennels for the day and I donned my running kit to join Rob for the Westminster Mile.
It's only a mile I thought, stupid me, yes it was a mile but at breakneck speed!
So we get to the pens and Robs wave with parkrun is immediately before mine, so I see him set off. OMG, what have I let myself in for. It didn't help that my so called "This girl can" wave was well about 20 of us, so no hiding at the back. I was also painfully aware that the next wave was the ex Olympians with the likes of Steve Cram in it and I didn't want to be lapped by him even though it would have been a great photo opportunity! It seemed like no time at all and I was off, at the back and last, headphones in and focused. I tried to pace myself but when your wave just disappears in front of you you try to speed up as best you can. Yes right. I had big girls and young girls all in front and there was i running alone up the mall. Crowd were great and cheered you on but it didn't dampen the embarrassment I felt running alone up the mall. Every now and then one of my wave stopped, walked, took pictures of the crowd and occasionally I passed them. Then just before horse guards parade the ultimate embarrassment, a guy running past me pulling a suitcase and leaving me for dust. I felt like shouting "now that's just taking the ..." But I carried on. Passed a couple of girls again but was flagging. Then I saw it. Buckingham Palace and the finish line in the distance. I looked to the side and there was the last woman about to pass me again. I then said to myself, oh no you don't and sprinted for the line. It must have been noticeable because the crowd erupted and that's what I needed.
On Wednesday I did that mile at home in 16.11. My official time today was 13.22. Not too shabby. In the grand scheme of things I was nowhere near last, I even beat some 17 year olds.
Rob was waiting to congratulate me before I got my bling and his pic says it all. Would I do it again, I'm racing for life next Sunday so watch this space.