“The Quest for the Sub 40”
I arrived early. As is my thing. Hate being late. Decked out in my Redway Runners Green attire with matching socks, headband & Fitbit strap. I was all set and in my mind I visualised myself leaping around the course like an elegant gazelle. In reality, I probably resembled a large turtle stuck on it’s back trying to right itself but hey, I was here, I was going to give it a go.
It piddled it down for a few minutes, then the sun came out and I began to melt. How people were running this with jackets on, I’ll never know.
I wanted to run the whole way. I haven’t managed to run a full 5K since the end of April. I always seem to end up walking a bit. Today was no different. It was very warm and I was feeling very moist. Eww.
I started off well. Good pace and not dying. I wanted a PB, I had to keep running. But my brain was telling me that a walk was a good idea. If I kept running, I might die, and if I die, I will never eat cake again. So I walked a bit. A bit too much maybe. Then started running again. This cycle occurred 3 times over the 5K. On the 3rd occasion I was feeling deflated. The sub 40 quest was no longer a viable option unless I could miraculously run half a kilometre in 2 minutes. One day maybe, but not this day.
Approaching the final bends, the monument in sight I started my final run. And I ran all the way until the finish point. Collected my token. Then remembered to stop the Garmin. All scanned in. Good to go. Need fluid. Need the loo. Need cake.
Checked my emails every 10 minutes after 10:30, awaiting the results, did I get a Coventry PB?
Yes!! Yes I did. Because I am that amazing that even in adverse conditions – hot and moist – and even with some walking, I could pull a PB out of the bag.
Cake. The whole reason I do this is for cake. I got cake. I got a slice of fruit cake and a slice of salted caramel cake. Nom!! Thanks Mum, I’ll be visiting you guys again soon for more cake! And running, of course.
- 14th Jan 2017 – Started with the Redway Runners beginners group led by the indomitable Steve B on Saturday mornings
- 13th Mar 2017 – ran my first 5K solo, no walking. An outstanding 49:54, 9:58/km!
- 18th Mar 2017 – graduated the beginners course (MK parkrun) with an improved time of 46:21, 9:03/km. I ate cake. That was a good day. Kudos to Mike B for being my running buddy, words of wisdom and all round encouragement. Did I mention that I ate cake?
- 27th Mar 2017 – sub 9:00/km pace 5k achieved
- 30th Mar 2017 – 5.8km increased distance, improved pace 49:42, 8:29/km
- 1st Apr 2017 – MK parkrun PB, 42:57, 8:52/km
- 30th Apr – MK Rocket 5K – my first official race with bling and a 5K PB! 41:10, 8:09/km
- 13th May – MK parkrun PB 41:30, 8:26/km
This weekend sees the return to Coventry parkrun where another PB will be attempted! Hopefully, there will be cake too.
You may be wondering how I ended up here.
In a gym, listening to people talking about how we’re all going to be running a marathon in 48 weeks. There is no cake, there are no crisps, there is no chocolate, there’s just a bunch of athletic people eager to run until their feet fall off, and then there’s me. The highly acclaimed couch potato, Netflix binge watcher, cake and chocolate connoisseur and sleep expert. Me.
Well, I’m wondering that too.
Here’s what I learned this evening…
- Apparently it’s going to be fun!
- Most injuries are caused by a weak backside, bad shoes or overdoing it (rest days are real, people. I can still snooze my days away whilst benefiting my training. Result!)
- Boobs have ligaments!!
- Gel packs can make you heave during a race
- Sports massages are painful
- Steve Q’s pins are just as impressive in real life as they are in photos (Steve Q, front, far right, funky T-shirt)
- We are ALL going to run this marathon in 5 hours. Holy crap
- The MK Half Marathon has been voted the 2nd best half marathon in the country. That’s pretty awesome
No one has mentioned cake so far. I fail to understand how you can talk about running for 26.2 miles (all the Queen’s fault, apparently) and not have mentioned cake! So, aside from cake-gate, a very useful and informative evening! And, to top it off, we didn’t have to do any running, phewf!