Yesterday I did the Poppy Run in aid of the Royal British Legion at Hicks Lodge cycling centre in Ashby de la Zouch.
Its a 5k fun run and was my 1st 'proper' race and thankfully the last day of the 5x50 challenge! Or day 51 for me as I had done a Parkrun the day before it started....
It was a small affair, between 70-80 runners were taking part and most of them looked very athletic.... oh heck but the weather was kind and stayed dry for the duration of the run.
The organiser mentioned that the course had a couple of hills, before going through a nice big muddy puddle, looping back round over the (muddy) grass and then turning round to head back around the lake to do it all again as it was a 2 lap course.
As per usual I set off too fast, the hills were HILLS and there were 3 ups and downs in quick succession a splish splash splish through the puddle followed by a good squelch over the boggy grass back to the HILLS.... *wheeze, breathe, wheeze*
My 1st km was done in 6.12 minutes - including the hills which was waaaaay too fast. I pushed myself so hard I gave myself a stitch so had to resort to the run walk method, making sure I never walked for more than 20 seconds when I had to walk.
Somehow I managed to stumble round in 37.07 minutes, which I'm really pleased with all things considered, as my Parkrun PB is 34.26 and that is mainly flat, a couple of inclines to deal with but not to steep.
I cannot believe how stiff I am today ~ my lower chest, my back, my thighs and my buttocks all know yesterday was a good workout. A good FUN workout!! Shame our bathroom refit to have a bath put back in is a couple of weeks away, wouldn't have minded a good soak tonight...
Well done as well to my virtual running buddy for yesterday eshaz14 who also did her local Poppy Run in an absolutely fabulous time, one I can only dream of at the min
Can't wait for next years. The pic is just after I'd finished and got my medal.