So, I completed my 5k charity run and thanks to the fantastic generosity of my friends and family we raised nearly £500 for Positive East.
Wasn't my best time, 33 minutes 12 seconds, but it was great fun. Was really very nervous fearing I would get carried away and try to keep up with the fast pace at the start. But I stuck with my Stepping Stone Podcast and tried to ignore what was going on around me and it sort of worked. My plan had been to zoom in on someone's bottom and follow them, but it never worked. Every bottom I clocked onto tended to zoom off ahead of me and then slow down to a walk, and that wasn't going to work for me. I had no intention of walking and every intention of finishing.
So ignoring all bottoms, even the pert ones, I got into my Laura zone and plodded away on my own and it was great fun. I know I could have gone faster but this was about finishing and raising the money for the charity not about me being silly and messing up.
One particularliy pesky teenager kept running like the clappers and overtaking me and then running out of steam and struggling even to walk, so I would then overtake him and 5 minutes later he would bolt past me and collapse. It was a game for him, but in the end I won - with 200m I hear him sprinting behing me and about to overtake right in front of my friends who'd come along to support me. Enough was enough - I was having none of it and nearly burst a lung by sprinting ahead of him and I beat him by 5 seconds. Silly I know, but I certainly won my own little race. Not bad for a chunky 51 year old who could not run for a minute 3 months ago.
Not sure I am confident enough to join my local park run yet as they are all so fast and I would feel demotivated if I was left behind, so need to come up with a plan to somehow speed up on my own and then I'll get into the park run scene too.
If anyone has a first charity run coming up, best of luck. Hope you have as great a time as I did. Can't wait for my next one .