I SMASHED IT!!
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.
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.
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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