I had an email from the Chester 10K run team to invite me to a training run this morning...I'd not heard them mentioned before so didn't realise they took place.
I've only ever run alone and never entered a race before so was a bit nervous just about the training run which is exactly why I thought I should go.
Unfortunately I have a sensitive tum (which is probably what makes me nervous, ie: will I have an upset tum or feel sickly), though it did have a little grumble so I only managed half of my planned breaky, once I set off driving distracted me and I was fine.
I didn't know my way to Chester FC training ground so parked 10 mins away and walked the last bit...well actually jogged it as I met a runner, asked for directions and he turned out to be one of the pacers so I jogged there with him! 🏃♂️🏃♀️
There was nothing to worry about, toilets provided (phew), a lovely run with the 10:40 per mile pacers for 4.5 miles along the River Dee, found a decent space ahead of a group at the back and behind the fast ones so I didn't feel hemmed in, and we even saw a seal relaxing on the bank on the way back!!!
Then a well done and bottle of water and homemade flapjack on our return 😋
All this was provided free of charge and there's another in March a week before the race.
It's a different route as they close the roads on race day but I think it's a great idea for those that need a bit of extra support 🙂