Last week I shared the news that I was going it alone in terms of planning exactly how I was going to get back to running and train for my first half marathon which is in September. My planning didn’t get much further than don’t do too much and rest days are sacred.
I was very excited to take part in a club race on Sunday, race 6 of the Borders League series. I had two aims – 1) to finish it, 2) not to be last! I hoped to complete the five mile race in less than one hour but with me not wanting to push it I knew there would be a chance that I wouldn’t. This was my first 5 mile race so a PB was being set regardless.
I arrived in plenty of time for the 11am start to find that there were around 300 runners and the caretaker hadn’t opened the building where the toilets were… uh-oh… the prospect of running 5 miles with a semi-full bladder wasn’t enticing, so along with probably almost 300 other people I answered the call of nature in, well, nature!
The race start was delayed, and then delayed again but eventually at 11.50am we set off. I started near the back as I knew I wasn’t going to be fast, and I finished near the back. It was a tough route with one insanely long hill, which I walked up as I didn’t want to over-stress my calf. I took quite a few walk breaks in addition to the killer hill, but crossed the line in overall position 321 of 327, gender position 104 (of 108) and was very pleased to find I wasn’t last in my age category, beating the final FV45 by 7 seconds, and my time, 53:31, was easily under the one hour target. I was pleased I’d taken part and even more happy with my result.
I was also very tired having forgotten how hard running is!
Also this week: I did a gentle 5k on Wednesday morning, managing to run (slow jog) the whole 5k, Friday I did two classes, stretch and Kettlebells, and yesterday did a trial run of next Wednesday’s 5 mile race with my son. The other 4 days were rest days… sacred, like I said! More rest days from today until the race on Wednesday evening, where all being well I hope to achieve a new 5 mile PB.