Supernova, super run!

Supernova, super run!

Tonight was the Supernova 5k at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, so despite three of the other four team members dropping out in the latter days of this week, I duly collected the only other remaining member this afternoon and we headed over to London.

Having reached our destination and parked, we followed the crowd of neon-garbed runners towards the big helter-skelter thing, got our numbers sorted out and pinned on, dropped our bags off and got ready to start.

The PA system was utterly ineffective, unfortunately, so we couldn't hear much of anything that was said, but copied what we could see of the warm-up from the people in front of us. Eventually it was time to head to our starting pens, and a few minutes later we were off!

Out and back and round and about we went - and I realised that I was breathing easily, keeping a comfortable pace, and actually enjoying the run for the first couple of km. I was aware of lots of people passing me (and only realised later that I was also passing quite a few people!) but kept to my own pace.

Somewhere past the 3km mark I took a very short walk (around 50m maybe) to just catch my breath a bit and get my second wind, but then carried on going. The relief of the 4km sign was huuuuge! Only 1000m to go, and I know I can do this - sheer stubbornness will get me through! I realised I'd upped my pace a little, too, but that was good and it still felt fine. I was working, and getting tired, but that's kind of the aim! ;)

The last 500m or so was lovely - finish line in sight, a nice clear run-in - and I'm afraid I did a very short sprint in the last few metres to pass someone else in the very last moments of the run! Within seconds my phone had a text with my time: 37:01, so I'm absolutely delighted!

My colleague had a great time too - it was her first race ever, and she's now got the bug. We'll have to see what's next...! ;)

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  • Great time, lovely medal, wonderful post -and awesome lady :)

    Congratulations RC :)

  • Lovely run report! Well done to both of you - wear your medals with pride!๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fantastic run and a great report! Sounds like you had a great time, and got a great time too๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Hope you were suitably 'neoned'!!

    I ran for charity at the Falkirk Kelpies one in November there with a family group.

    We all started in different pens but equally thought it was a fantastic event :) Such a spectacle having a ribbon-like trail of fluorescent and reflective runners in the headtorch lights!

    Well done ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ

  • Beautiful!

  • I was in my neon yellow top, with my dark leggings with neon piping down the sides. And had two LED armbands (one white, one red). And my LED shoelaces :) So not quite as excitingly lit up as those I saw draped in fairy lights! But enough to be happy :)

    Although ours started at dusk, as the sun went down it was lovely to see the lights starting to shine out, and coming into the finish with the 'landing strips' of coloured lights was really good - somehow it made it easy to keep going, seeing so clearly where the end was! :)

  • jt24 I am hoping to run in that one this year, are you doing it again? The Kelpies must look amazing all lit up!

  • Hi, yes, I am all booked to go again :)

    The Kelpies are stunning! I am very fortunate enough to be able to visit them often so I just took a couple of quick snaps in the run.

    The only 'downside' to the race is there is no official photography so relying on family/ friends or selfies to capture the moments!

  • It would be great to meet up, I will let you know if I am able to do it nearer the time :)

  • Well done - that was a very respectable time, and it's all the more impressive that you fitted in an "overtaking" sprint as well!

  • I missed this post.. sorry! I think I was hanging curtains in our new Holiday home!!!

    Brilliant time and brilliant run.. and a Super piece of bling!!!! You are truly.. "a star that suddenly increases greatly in brightness ".... well done both of you!!!

  • Sounds very bright and colourful! Well done for pushing at the end - great time :)

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