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1st 5km event of the year.

1st 5km event of the year.

The last Event I did last year was the event I ran in today. For those who are new. I have beeen out of action for a little while while my body was healing from donating a kidney to MrRfc.

I have been very excited about getting back to my events and this morning I got up after not too much sleep, as the night before events are a bit like Christmas for me. I'm too excited to sleep. So up I got and had my breakfast and set off. I live in London and it can be difficult getting bus and train connections to fit in nicely together on a Sunday and as most events are on a Sunday, I left with enough time to compensate for missing a connection, hehe, the upshot was I arrived at the venue before even the toilets had arrived a full 1.5hour early. You can see how empty it was on the first picture. So then I started my wait for the start, listening to some great 80's tunes, cheesy i know but it is my era.

This event was organised by Decathlon and it is called their Run series. It is a free event with a tshirt, medal and goody bag, it is very well run and it it is a family event. There were some little toddlers there doing a full 5km, and yes I did get overtaken by one of them but in good sportsmanship I smiled and gave them a massive thumbs up as they ran past me 😀👍🏻.

My event went well in all fairness, I was a little disappointed as at about 3.5-4km I had to slow down (not that I am fast in any sense of the word) because my heart rate had raised a little too much and as I'm still in recovery a bit from March so didn't want to push it too much. My time was adequate for me. MrRfc has spent a couple of hours persuading me that 1.35 min off my PB for a 5km is pretty good considering.😀.

I think I need to get in a couple of parkruns to get used to the faster paces again, but all in all a great day and a lovely event.

Wishing you all a happy healthy weekend.

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Great news RFC!

Of course you are faster.......you are only carrying one kidney.

You are a star, lady and you have all my respect.

Keep running, keep smiling.

Hoorah!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you, still beaming here 😀😀😀😀.

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This has got to be one of the best posts ever!

I remember seeing a post of yours, with a photo, when I first started my C25K journey... you were running in at the end of an event? It was a sunny day and you were smiling...:) I thought..one day...one day....that might be me :)

Inspirational RFC....a PB, running and having fun... perfect. What journey you have had and are having... Many. many more Happy runs to you! x

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Thank you, Hehe the sunshine gives a good filter 😀. I smile like a Cheshire Cat at events. I saw a little girl today with Cheshire Cat running bottoms, gave her a massive thumbs up and said love your runners. 😀

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... and probably, made her day! x

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Fantastic to read this post RFC! 😀🏃🏽‍♀️So, so pleased for you - that you are getting back to things so well after all that you (and Mr RFC) have been through. You have as, Oldfloss says, been a huge inspiration to so many of us on here - and have shown such a positive, determined (and patient!) spirit. Thank you for all your hard work as Administrator too, and the support you always give us as we all tackle the inevitable ups and downs of our running journeys! Here's to many more races and fantastic runs ahead for all of us! Oh, and great photos too - bet it was great to get that bling!!🙂x

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Thank you. I think I have quietly being having little impatient tantrums 😀, but it was so good to get back out there. HM feels a long way off but I'm sure I'll be ready by March. It was heavy bling as well, you know how some girls like big diamonds, I like heavy bling😀.

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Oh, I am struggling to get back to fitness too RFC, and my dream of a second HM in the spring also feels a long way off... but you know what? Maybe we will both be ready?! And, there's nothing wrong with big bling!!!🥇😀

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Well do it together, don't worry your not alone 😀

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😀 I'm hoping to be ready for the Surrey Half in March - what one are you planning to do?

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Hehe, a bit oversubscribed here, 5th March the Big Half London, 20th may the Hackney Half. 😀

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Woo hoo I agree with him, I'd say that's pretty darn good too... fabulous pics and so nice to see your face too. It sounds like a fab event and I bet it felt just amazing to get out there and do a race again. You look fantastic too.... well done 😎😎😎😎😎

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Thank you. Speed, I can always work at can't I?, even if I never get as fast it is all still so worth it. It felt amazing, I still say it is the best feeling you can have at a social event while completely sober. 😀.

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Five Star Runner and Lady :)

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Thank you 😀

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I think we followed you into the store to collect our good bags

Great event

And great not being far off PB if still recovering 😘

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I think your right as soon as I saw your photo I thought I'm sure I saw you, next year let's meet up 😀.

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Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Go you , you did so, so well!

Fabulous photos and a great return xxxxxxx

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Do you remember RFC when I posted about my daughter doing her first full 5k in Feb? Her transplant op was the previous October. You were really hoping to have a similar recovery but, I think, a little doubtful you would do it (that was pre your op!)

Now here we are and you have absolutely achieved it! You are awesome my friend xxxx

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I know time has been a bit all over but all in all it has not been as bad as I was expecting. I have my 6 month check up in three weeks, I'm hoping they will be happy with me. Everyone says I look so well, better than before but as I keep telling everyone living without that sort of stress takes years off you. 😀 Love and hugs to you and yours ❤️❤️❤️.

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And ours back to you and yours xxxx

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You really do look fabulous - could be used to promote donation!

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Thank you. I sing the praises of organ donation to anyone who asks. 😀.

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Proof positive of what an amazing person can do. Well done you what a fantastic effort and 80s music, perfect accompaniment to what looked to be a perfect return to running. Brilliant

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Thank you, it was a good run. I love my 80's music 😀

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Go you! Glad you had a great day.

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Thank you 😀

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thats a great result RFC, and an amazing recovery from your kidney donation! you should be really proud all round :)

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Aww thank you. I'm really pleased at how it has all gone. 😀

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Whoo hooo! Congratulations RFC!

You are amazing!

Woop woop woop!

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Thank you so much 😀

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Wow...I am not worthy...you are a machine RFC...respect in bucket loads for you x

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Thank you, I just have a passion for running, (at my own pace). 😀.

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What a great post in so many ways and you are a star🌞☄️☄️☄️☄️☄️

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Thank you very much 😀

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So pleased for you, Rfc! Well done - you are amazing! It must have felt so good, to be running in a race again :) Congratulations, not just on the race, but on your recovery - you are a star :)

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Thank you. It felt so very good, to me, there is just something about events that I love, it all about the whole training and build up to the day, hehe also about half way round going "why am I doing this?" Then This warm glow for the rest of the day, it was soooooo good.

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Brilliant RFC! You've got bling again so you must be thrilled 🤗 You have been through so much, it's a joy to see this post. A huge well done to you. You're an amazing lady 🤗

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Thank you, hehe very heavy bling at that🥇🥇🥇🥇. I'm a happy girl.

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Looking good Rfc😎...so pleased that you are back out and able to compete again. You have worked hard to regain your strength and get your running legs back and now your patience and efforts have paid off.

I agree with everyone you are a Star😊x

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Thank you. I think I'm going to stronger than when I started, how cool will that be 😀

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Congrats - sounds like an excellent result :) plus it's all research. A few parkruns and then you'll have 5k in the bag - then onto the next stage. That HM will be yours again :)

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Thank you. I'm sure I'll be ready by next March, just feels a big ask right now, luckily I love the training 😀

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Oh RFC I am soooo pleased for you! As Tim says, you are star! Fab write up, fantastic stuff xx

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Thank you. 😀

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