Had such a good time today at the Great South Run! The only disappointment was not making it In time for the C25K meet up (so sorry Frank and Ali - next time maybe!) Portsmouth was buzzing and the event was extremely well organised, as you would expect from Great Run Series. Lots of toilets meant that our loo queues were not too bad!! I had gone down with my sister, niece and family so plenty of support! It was, as Aliboo said, pretty cold first thing and I was glad I had my hoody with me at the start of the run. Equally glad to be able to throw it in my husbands general direction at about 1 mile! As usual, I went off too quickly (possibly because I started with my sister who is a bit more experienced at these kind of distances than me😮). We ran together for the first couple of km but then she eased ahead for a bit. Caught her up for a while, later on but she eventually disappeared slowly in to the crowds ahead! The weather was pretty perfect for running actually and the race was incredibly well supported all the way round. Saw some very brave folk in fancy dress, including a cute pink hippo and one runner dressed as a rhino (that must have felt hot!) I felt comfortable up until just under 7 miles and then had a short stretch where I felt quite hot and the faster pace was telling, I think! Eased up a little and started to feel more comfortable so I mostly enjoyed the last couple of miles. The approach to the finish line was a joy to behold, although I really had nothing left in me for a fast finish unfortunately! Crossed the line in 1:35:13 (PB) so really pleased with that, and only a minute and a half behind my sister. Had managed to spot the family on two places around the course and the kids enjoyed handing out the obligatory jelly babies to passing runners! After getting our goody bags and the all important medals, my sister and niece had to shoot off home. The rest of us went for lunch and then on to the Historic Dockyards, and yes, the low ceilings and steep steps on HMS Victory are far more uncomfortable after a 10 mile run! 😮 A great day out though and I really loved the course. Think I'll be back next year😀
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