My Race For Life Journey – I Smashed It!

My Race For Life Journey – I Smashed It!

I smashed my My Race For Life Journey!

I ran my 5k Race For Life at Heaton Park in Manchester in aid of Cancer Research UK. I bloody did it and earned that medal!

Months of training had lead to this weekend, not being a runner in anyway shape or form, having not run for the previous 15 years, this year started with a weight loss mission… and so Weight Loss Wednesday was born, supporting other bloggers on their weight loss and fitness journeys.

My gym workouts have increased somewhat in order to prepare for the 5k, however after a run outside last Monday, I realised my body was far too cultured to treadmill running and the race was going to be even harder than I imagined.

Jenny from The Brick Castle and her family were my support crew for #TeamSim, along with Liv and I could not have asked for a better team. A very big thank you to them, especially s Jenny had a major hernia operation only 5 weeks beforehand! My nerves were starting to get the better of me, especially when moving through a sea of pink… The Pink Army for sure!

The atmosphere was electric and there were so many inspirational women taking part in the race and everyone who finished was a winner.

Heaton Park is certainly more hilly the I recall, but the weather was with us and with the help of my music, I kept powering through. There were supporters along the way, willing everyone on and clapping which was a fantastic motivation. I in fact turned into a cheer squad for another 2 runners nearing the end of the race and helped them cross the finish line, even sprinting with a younger girl… my sprinting days are well and truly over!

Crossing the finish line was much more emotional than I could have ever expected and the hugs from my support crew and the tears that flowed made all the aches and pains worthwhile.

I had run my 5k in 41:01 minutes… however… the course was actually 5.5km according to my Suunto. At first at thought my Suunto was incorrect but Strava informed me other runners in the Race For Life had also run well over 5k… my overall time at 5.5k was 45:10 minutes.Race For Life

For me, I am proper chuffed, I will never be a sub 30 minute 5k runner, but the fact I got up there and did it has spurred me on to carry on.

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Very anti-climatic, I am now pondering what to do next, my whole year has been dedicated to losing weight and running the Race For Life… what do I do now?!

A huge thanks go to:

Jenny – just for being there and letting me rant about the number of treadmills available at the gym!

Suunto – for the stunning arm candy I wore on the day, that informed me that I ran further than 5k and helped another lady out when she asked for the time. The Ambit3 Run is smart kit that every runner should look into. I have, as yet, only touched on the bare minimum of what the GPS run watch can offer me, but look forward to many more runs wearing the Suunto!

Flexiseq Sport – this gel does what it says on the tin! It really does work and has helped my achey knee so much and allowed me to crack on and keep running.

FlipBelt – easy to hide under my running top, this running utility belt holds everything you need on a run and reassures you that your possessions will be safe when you reach your finish line.

Weight Loss Wednesday supporters – you have been there through thick and thin, pushing me along and giving me the support I needed, when I needed it.

Scottish Power – for being so lovely and sponsoring me a massive £250, alongside others who helped me reach my target! The green foam hand came in very useful and kept the children entertained!

There are too many Thank You’s to hand out and I really don’t want this post to turn into an Oscar speech…


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  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Well done! I did my first ever 10km at Heaton park yesterday too.
    Also, my garmin showed the 5km as being 5.8km. So even better 🙂

    1. S1m

      Thanks Dannii. Well done on your 10k!

  2. Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    You were awesome hon. The distance you’ve come since this time last year is fantastic, and you raised over £300!! I was proud to be there for you 🙂 xx

    1. S1m

      Thank you so much lovely lady – I am so glad you were all there with me and your hug at the end made it all worthwhile! It has been a crazy year but a fantastic year so far… long may it continue! 🙂 xxx

  3. AJ

    On any weight loss journey there needs to be support. I’m glad you were with such a supportive group. 45 min in 5.5k is pretty awesome!! I have never been a great runner. I would have been one of the ladies you were have cheering for at the end lol. Great job and keep it up!

    1. S1m

      Always happy for extra cheer squad support crew! Thank you so much – still feeling euphoric but now on the come down and want to do something else!!x

  4. Cheryl Pasquier

    woohoo well done ! 🙂

    1. S1m

      Thank you Cheryl!!! Where have you been anyway? I look forward to your Sunday posts!!!xx

  5. Kath s {isitwineoclockyet}

    Omg sim. My title to my post is the same as yours! Spooky!
    Well done Mrs that’s awesome.
    Will you be keeping up the running now?? #bloggingtojogging

    1. S1m

      No way! Great minds think alike!! 😉 Thank you so much! Yes, I will definitely be keeping up with the running and pushing it further. Just had a friend agree to run the Race For Life with me next year! 😉 xx

  6. chantelle hazelden

    you did indeed smash it, well done lady!!! fab time xxx #bloggingtojogging

    1. S1m

      Thank you so much lovely lady!! Whoop I am so chuffed! 🙂 xx

  7. Kristen Osborne

    Great job!

    I’m not much for exercise, which is why I guess I’ve put on a few pounds. But, when I do I love Walk away the pounds with Leslie Sansone. It gets pretty intense but its a lot of fun.

    1. S1m

      Thanks Kristen! Not aware of Leslie Sansone but will look into the program!

  8. Lyndsey

    Great job! 🙂

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  10. laure damrose

    Congrats on your race!

  11. Betsy Barnes

    Great job! Fantastic time too, good luck in future runs! 🙂

  12. Lee rosales

    Having a suppotive group though your weight loss journey has such a big role. Being on a diet, going to the gym need such perseverance and commitment

  13. Ling Tan

    wow! Congrats! Personally, I think that’s great timing too – I’ve also given up hopes of ever going a 30min 5km 🙂

  14. 3xhcch

    Congratulations to you! We have been reading about your preparations for this trip and now you have finally done it. Thanks for bringing us along for the run.

  15. phyliciamarie

    You actually made great time with your 40 minutes! I’m so envious of your support team! They’re so encouraging!

  16. Hannah

    Woooo! Well done lovely lady, absolutely brilliant! Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

  17. Pal Raine

    Wow! That is good, finishing it with pride and honor, good job! Congrats.

  18. Elizabeth O.

    You did a great job! 5.5k in 41 minutes is really something. I’m not sure if I can even do half of that. Congratulations!

  19. Yong Sin Yee

    Wow! That’s great! Congratz on your achievement!

  20. Pooja Kawatra

    Brilliant dear ! This is amazing finishing in a such a short time and that too you did for a noble cause.

  21. Franc Ramon

    Congrats on your 5K run. Gotta love the bonus kilometers in the run.

  22. Mrs. AOK

    HIGH FIVE!!! You did it! That’s wonderful, I’m so glad you did it and smashed it. See.. all that hard work and determination is paying off, good for you!!! Can you tell I’m excited for you?!? 🙂

  23. papaleng

    5K in less than an hour., that’s great. Congrats, your hard work did dividends.

  24. Karen

    I can do 5k run but I haven’t experienced crossing a finish line coz, I haven’t tried joining fun runs. Congrats to you, anyway.

  25. Hui Zi

    Congrats, you did it! And with a great timing too!

    1. S1m

      Thank you so much Hui!! Gives me a stepping stone to beat my time next year! 🙂

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