As part of my branding and growth course I’ve begun creating a best of page to highlight some of my favourite older posts. In order to do this I was reading through my historic posts, which included my RED January/Couch to 5k learning to run diary.
WOW! I have come such a long way with my running!
On 21st January, in My running week (3) I proudly shared that I had achieved my first sub-10 minute mile, yay go me! 🙂
This week at running club we had to do 1 mile (4 laps of the track) followed by 1/2 lap recovery. Then as many 300m with 100m recovery as we could.
Very pleased there were no relays as I genuinely believe I would have keeled over at that point.
The ladies captain was very encouraging of my efforts and I said to her that I didn’t think I could have ran the mile any faster, so imagine how pleased I was to achieve a 1 mile PB of 8:11 and proof of sorts that I couldn’t have done it faster.
Slowly getting closer to sub 8-minutes, surely it’s within my reach?
On Saturday I had the dubious pleasure of running for my club in the North West Counties Road Relays, it was wet. Very, very wet. I was the anchor leg of the ladies B-team, which meant I was standing around in the rain for over an hour before I had to run. The race was two laps of the mere (lake) on forest paths, so not a true road race. Running last was hard because the field had spread out, so I was effectively running the race on my own.
I put in a reasonable first lap, with the rain streaming down my face and my feet squelching in my shoes, and buoyed on by cheers and encouragement from my club mates I began the second lap. I was doing well (as well as I could anyway) but then the first wave of dizziness washed across my brain – this is something that happens quite often when I run – at which point I started putting in small walk breaks and kept going. More dizziness, more walking. And then ‘Sue’ overtook me, I have no idea who Sue was but I was determined she wasn’t going to beat me, so upping my pace a little I soon took back my place and carried on up a small incline and round a bend…
It was then I almost blacked out. Big wave of dizziness, blurry/dark vision. I was suddenly very unsteady on my feet and was reaching out for something to grab hold of, with memories of my previous concussion worryingly ringing alarm bells in my mind. Fortunately, there were marshals on hand to guide me to the side and give me a drink of water, they said maybe I should walk to the finish line, I said that I’d be fine doing a slow-ish run and off I went accompanied by ‘a minder’ – actually a lovely lady from my club who had witnessed my wobble.
Finished the race in around 37 minutes and dizzily wobbled over to the club’s men who were still waiting to race, they looked after me very nicely, giving me something to eat and holding me up while I pulled some dry joggers over my dripping wet leggings. Still feeling a little dizzy and, now that I wasn’t running, so very cold. I weaved my way to the car park where hubby picked me up and I could thankfully remove my saturated shoes and socks.
Fast forward to 7pm and news that the results were online… and that ladies B-team had been recorded as incomplete.
So not only did I spend 2.5 hours in the pouring rain.
And still valiantly make it across the finish line.
But due to some administrative error my time hadn’t been recorded.
Guess who’s not very happy?
I’m hoping this can be rectified but for now I’ll simply say that every single person who ran today was a true hero!
For the club, both ladies’ and men’s A-teams came 6th for Cheshire.
On a brighter note, I had a lovely 10 mile run on Wednesday along the Wirral Coastal Path. Beautiful weather and a beautiful place. And at the end a deliciously large ice cream!