Yesterday I did Race for Life. It was a 5k route, and as you may already know, I walked it due to recovering from surgery. My goal was to walk the 5k in 1 hour.
I enjoyed the route more than I did last year. I found that because I was walking and not constantly thinking ‘I really should be running’ I had more time to enjoy the park. After the first 1k we came to the toilets, I needed to go so I left the crowd and got in the que. When I came out again, I found that I was behind everyone…All 2500 people. Excluding the few people who were in the toilet still. Myself and a lovely Scottish lady set off at the same pace, and accompanied each other around the rest of the race. We kept a really steady pace and overtook quite a few of the other walkers. (I felt quite pleased about that as I didn’t want to be last…)
I did feel like I wanted to run, but I held back and settled into walking it. I felt good, I had no problems with my wounds – kind of almost scars now – other than the waistband of my trousers irritating them a little bit. I’m hoping that means I can start doing more activities…
The last little stretch to the finish me and my companion jogged to the end, with her grandchildren cheering us on. The race clock said we finished at around 1h8m, but it did take a long time to get over the start line so I was sure I had reached my target…
Distance: 5.2 kilometres
Race clock time: 1:08:00
Actual time: 56:25
I had a really good time, and to top it all off…at the start of the race I bumped into Julie Creffield who runs the website & blog The Fat Girls Guide To Running – I may have fangirled a bit!!! I also crossed paths with her during the run 🙂 🙂 Meeting Julie really topped off my evening!
Today is the day. I’m going to be doing Race for Life this evening after work, I wont be running as originally planned, but I will be walking it. Possibly getting some power walking in there once I’m warmed up! (Providing my insides don’t burst out of me…)
I’m aiming to complete the 5k route in 60 minutes – this is 15 minutes longer than it took me to run it last year, but I know that my fast walk is a similar pace to my jogging pace soo…it makes sense.
My plan for is to start off gently, then once I warm up a bit – maybe after 10 minutes or so (after the crowd thins out at the start of the race), increase my walking speed and get into a comfortable faster pace. I will be listening to my Harry Potter audio book along the way, which I am sure will make the time fly by! (I LOVE HP)
You can still donate to Cancer Research through my sponsor link, every little helps!
See you on the other side…
I made a decision regarding whether I am going to partake in the Battersea Park Race For Life.
I am still going to do it, however it will be at a walk due to having 3 holes in my abdominal wall (tis a hinderance to running!). It looks like I’ll be going it alone this year so I really appreciate any and all forms of support. Though I’m sure cancer research would benefit more from sponsorship 😉
My JustGiving page is linked in my sidebar, if you’re feeling a surplus of funds at the moment!
OH MY GOD THIS IS THIS WEEKEND.
This has come around much quicker than I anticipated…eep!
defo need to get my running shoesies on this evening. I’m really looking forward to this, also, terrified… and I had originally planned to do some strength training to make the obstacles a bit more manageable…however that didn’t happen. I’m so awful at preparing for things! BUT, I’m still going to do it anyway. And I will end up COVERED in mud. This should be interesting…
I’m planning on getting loads of pics for this one if possible.
I’m not too worried about being under-prepared, for me this is more of a fun event rather than competitive. having said that, it would be cool to run more than I did in the 5k last month-though it will be hard to compare! I feel proud of myself for committing to do this, I’ve never really been a huge fan of anything physically difficult.
- Get a couple of runs in this week
- Don’t stress – prepare the mind
- Have fun with it
4 Days and counting!
If you can find it in your heart to sponsor a fat girl about to run an obstacle course…please do!