Have been meaning to write this all week!
This follows on from Friday's blog post, where I had completed W8R3 and was going to start W9R1 during Sunday's Race for Life 10k at Prestwold Hall. I woke up at 2am with the worry (and hope!) of the rain flooding the race track and calling it all off!
I forgot how bad traffic was for R4L and got there with 10 mins to spare, but managed the 5 min warm up walk due to the fact I had to park my car so far away from the start/finish line lol!
The 5k-ers and the 10k-ers all ran together for 5k on muddy grass which hadn't been cut for ages (I'm used to running on pavement and hadn't really trained on grass!) I had bad cramp in my right calf twice during the first 5k so I had to stop to stretch this out. It was strange running with so many people too - a lot of them ran in groups which meant I had to run around them all!
The second 5k took the runners around Prestwold Hall race track which was much better - tarmac yey! However, I lost circulation in my foot twice which meant I had to stop a couple of times to get the feeling back, which did annoy me (time for new shoes me thinks!)
I got to the 8k mark and managed to run to the finish line without cramp or a dead foot, and it felt quite good.
I finished in a time of 1 hour, 13 mins (or 73 mins cos it sounds better lol :D) I wanted to do it in 90 minutes so I reached my goal... and have a lovely R4L medal too!
I've had a few days rest from running because my muscles were a bit sore (even with numerous ice packs and lots of chicken!) so I'm now going to start W9R1 in the next couple of days - hopefully easy now... fingers crossed!