I have run longer than 10k several times on my own now. But this race is a biggy, the biggest locally. And people in work had sponsored me and one of my other colleagues so I felt very "exposed"!
In fact, I was so nervous this morning I was nearly sick! What a stupid time for a race (1pm)! Gave me far to long to worry and too many trips to the loo! And I had NO idea about when or what to eat lol!
I nearly wimped out, but knowing my colleague and others from work were expecting me to do it kept me going.
I was grateful my sister Fran had arranged a lift for me with some of her running club friends! I would have been in a right state without them! Fran is in London for the weekend and yesterday she and loads of other family members were supporting my niece who did her first triathlon there yesterday (flip, arent we the fit family?!).
The weather was really bad but luckily we managed to park quite near the start, just before they closed the roads. We stayed in the dry in the car for as long as possible - it was so horrible, freezing, gusty winds and heavy rain at this point! Then I went off to find my friend from work. More than 4,000 other nutters were doing it so we hid in the middle near the back and tried to stay warm!
It was a great relief when we finally set off. She soon left me (this was to be expected, she's not carrying nearly 2 stone of blubber like I am!). I was really chuffed with my race. I tried to go faster in the first 5k so that if I needed to take walk breaks in the 2nd half (more exposed to the wind, and with one small hill) I could.
I did walk for a few seconds to take a drink just after 5k, then 3 x 20 second walks later on (eg half way up the slope at 7k) but kept running other than that. I loved the camaraderie. there was 1 young lady in front of me all the way who started flagging with only 300 m to go, and I said to her "you aren't gonna let this 51 year old who's been struggling to keep up with you for 9.7 k overtake you now, are you?" and she bloody sprinted away! My legs were so tired at this point, but I managed to keep up going, the end was in sight!
My Garmin shows I did in in 1h 12.46, almost 3 mins better than my only previous 10k, which was done in perfect weather conditions so I am chuffed.
This is a race I have been to watch several times in the past. I never ever thought I would run it!
My goody bag included a huge bottle of Tresemme shampoo and conditioner. And I have my 2nd medal and a lovely t shirt BUT more importantly, such a feeling of achievement and pride!
Couch to 5k is just the dogs' doodahs!