I woke up at 6:30, had my tea and a banana and off i went. I could not believe the amount of people running: half marathon, 10k, 5k and kids' 1k = total 1146 runners!
I knew i had to go slow and steady so off we went but at 1k my pace was... 6.40 instead of somewhere around 7.50ish!!! So it is true you get carried away from the others' pace.
That was a tad too fast which i paid for later on. I got tired at all inclines and did some of them with a brisk walk. Couldn't be helped.
I definitely prefer running in the afternoon and did not enjoy the sun burning me most of the way!
I also tried to be careful with the hydration: had some water early on and none during the race. Unfortunately, after 3.5k i really needed the loo. Had to do some mind control to get through the race!!! Awful! It's never happened to me on my regular runs!
Anyway the atmosphere was wonderful throughout and despite my little hurdles, i managed to finish in 37 minutes!!!👍🥂 whaaaaat?! and... not last (although i was prepared for that!) : I finished 267th out of 371 5k runners and 71st out of 148 women! Which is FAN%#@TASTIC!!!!!!!!!!
I then sat for a cold coffee at a cafe right by the finish line and watched them come in. And it was the first time i saw a race and i was part of it!! Yay! I have come a very long way...
*The half marathon winner did it in 1:21 !! Now that is amazing!
But so am I! Hahaha And so is everyone on c25k cos we made this extra-ordinary decision, stuck it out and really transformed our lives!
So CONGRATULATIONS to everyone here. I thought of many of you while i ran who supported me before i went out there. Thank you so much! 🎵🎶
...You can tell i am very happy right? 😁😁😁