W7R3 - race for life 5k ๐Ÿ˜…

W7R3 - race for life 5k ๐Ÿ˜…

Amaaaazing! I ran all of it, no stopping and the odd sprint here and there. What an experience!

The first kilometre - my niece breaks into a sprint and I have to call her to slow down but she's intent on spending her energy at once and is walking within a few minutes. I catch up. She tries to run at my pace for a bit and we wave at the paps while strangers applaud us. A woman dressed as a unicorn jockey overtakes us as we overtake a heavily pregnant woman (yes really).

The second kilometre - I start to hit my stride as my niece decides to walk again, my running pace seems to be the same as her walking. Super. She comments negatively about how much longer there is to go (kids eh?!) so I try encouraging her to think positively, she is SUCH a teenager!

The third kilometre - I've started to notice messages on people's backs and it gets tough until I see "my Dad, who kicked cancers butt" which made me smile. My niece is now moaning that we're ONLY half way and there's AAAAAAGES left I so tell her to shut her face and get positive or I promise I will embarrass her for the rest of the course! I spent the next 5 minutes singing "Call Me Maybe" out of breath, out of tune and out loud (complete with actions) until she said we can do this, not long left!

The fourth kilometre - as I pass the 3k marker I am pleased I have passed my distance PB. This section is straightforward, jusct running slow to allow the whingey walker to keep up and speeding up when she decides to sprint!

The last kilometre - is a blur. My legs are lead and I'm growling to dig deep on the small-but-significant-in-the-last-leg inclines.. This is tough but so very rewarding. As we turn the last corner the Whingey One is suddenly in a hurry and I don't see her for dust, cheeky! But in truth I don't care; I am proud of her for being this side of the barrier regardless of effort or attitude and besides I just ran 5k non-stop in 42 minutes, a crowd including my kids are cheering me on and I get a bottle of water, brioche, a banana and a medal to celebrate. This bit is such a rush, I. Want.to.do.it.again. Seriously.

Best of all I was putting my 2 year old to bed later that day (it was yesterday) and I asked him if he had a nice day, he said "Mummy running, you did it" with a big smile on his face and my heart melted.

So, there's a 10k in Bournemouth in October...


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  • YES!!! Way to go team. Great race report, it made me smile. I'm guessing we can expect more in the future?

  • Yes indeed!

  • Amazing! Not least your ability to sing while running... I'm lucky if I can just breathe : ) That 10k really is within your sights now!

  • That's fantastic Talulah1984 you smashed it. Enjoyed the report, felt like I was there and you both look so chilled! ๐Ÿค˜

  • That is a pre-warm up photo I should add ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Haha! Still.... no race nerve stress โœ”๏ธ

  • Well done Talulah! Great race for life and great write up!

  • Lovely humourous write up, and a brilliant result !you did so well!love your little boys comment!๐Ÿ˜Š

    I recommend the Bournemouth 10k! That was my first 10k race and you get to run up the pier! Go for it! Ps you get a great medal and t-shirt too!

  • I'm thinking very seriously about signing up before the week is out..

  • Your little boy's comment was so sweet. He's obviously very proud of his Mum! And quite rightly๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Go you, well done! As for the 10k, do it, do it, do it, do it, sign up then you have to ๐Ÿ˜„


  • That's brilliant Talulah1984! and you had so much support from whinging teenagers to cheering toddlers, well done.

  • Fantastic well done, your post has made me smile this morning๐Ÿ˜„

  • Awww - 2 year old boys can be so cute - 20 year old boys on the other hand....... Anyway, very well done! :)

  • Well done, teenagers hey!!!!

  • What a fab post. I loved reading that. A huge well done to both of you.

  • Just brought a tear to my eye, well done.

  • Wow that's just fabulous- had to laugh at the race report could have been written word for word about my race for life experience with my 14 year old. ! You did brilliantly you will fly through the rest and on to graduation now ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  • Aww happy tears reading this :) what a brilliant rfl post.. huuuge congratulations for you and your neice!!! Great pic..

    You must be sooo chuffed..well done..

    Now you know you can smash that 5k.. off you go towards a great graduation :)

  • Ahhh, this is such a lovely post Talulah1984 , made me well up tbh . Wheres m'i hanky ? :-)

    That is such a fab write up , these events are very emotional but so uplifting, you just cant fail to be moved by them.

    You and your neice did brilliantly and you should be soo proud of yourselves ! Excellent stuff, and yes you gotta sign up for that 10K , you will have a ball !

    Well done to you both xxx

  • What a delightful photo - many congratulations! I loved your description of your niece! I did a Race for Life in May - great atmosphere, and fun. Gets addictive this running !!

  • Oh, and I LOVE your top - very pretty....

  • Fabulous! Great picture and what an inspiring account. Student Son has suggested I find myself a 5k and I was a bit unsure.... maybe??

  • Yes do it. Hopefully my race report is enough to sell it to you ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • I loved your post and felt I ran it with you. You ran so well and sound totally smitten with this running bug and I expect to hear if more races to come! โ˜บ

  • Ha ha yes smitten is a perfect word as I sit at my desk at word wondering about when I can sneak off for my next run!

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