So, I could pop up here showing a photo of my finishers medal (very nice it is too) and telling you I did a Garmin timed run of 37:42 (and I'm waiting for my 'official' time)...
I could tell you how beauiful the weather was with the sun set reflecting of the mountains in the distance, and how 37:42 is a new personal best....
BUT, and it's a very big BUT... I was so far behind that at a certain point on the route there were no arrows on the road or people directing that I ended up taking an UNINTENTIONAL short cut and my run was only 4.27 km....
I'm gutted. I feel such a fraud.
I was doing so well at the begining - ignoring the fact that within 250m the whole field had passed me by - as I carried on regardless I was cheered on by locals who were watching from their gardens. I went downhills and up hills - ALL ON MY OWN.
There was no fun in a group, no older people like me who had just learnt to run (in fact the shock of the guy taking my registration when I told him I was doing the run not the walk should have told me something.
So, I think I will do the correct and full route again in a couple of weeks time and then post my real time for this 5k. And then I can wear my medal with pride.
(It was very hard, I did the first kms in 6:33/km followed by a 8:07/km - up a hill) - so for me it was quite a pace! Average was 8:50/km. My achilles is having words.