I am a very happy girl right now…Not only did I complete my first ever running event today but guess what…I DIDN’T COME LAST!! 🙂
This was not a timed run. There were serious runners there who were going for PR’s and timed themselves on their Garmin’s. I wasn’t bothered about time, I just wanted to soak up the atmosphere and have a good time, but I ran with my Mp3 player going and adding up the track times, I estimate my time at approx 12 mins for the mile. I am more than happy with that. I did have walk breaks but I know I actually ran more than I walked. I think this is pretty good for someone who a couple of months ago did no exercise at all and couldn’t run, even when chased! I am very proud of myself.
I was really nervous when I got up this morning so even though I usually eat something before I train, today I couldn’t stomach it.
I think we had to walk more than a mile from the car park to the start.
There were loads of people there when we arrived and it was soon time to warm-up. It was done by three nice ladies from Fitness First.
As this was a fun run there were loads of people in costume, including the guy above in full diving gear…there was a team carrying a dragon boat…they were awesome, I am hoping that Mark got a pic of them that I can post later! So many people took part, it was a real community effort.
I ran in the middle of the pack for pretty much all of the race, which I am more than happy with. Sadly there are no pics of me crossing the line but I do believe we have a video which I post later.
A brilliant time was had by all and the event was brilliantly organised. The were bands playing at each turn and lots of spectators cheering the runners on. It was a wonderful atmosphere and almost 3 hours later I think I am still buzzing 🙂
Sport Relief events have been running across the county for the last couple of months, even some celebs took part…so far the total raised is £52,070,587! I am very proud to have taken part.
My only gripe about the event was how Milton Keynes Council still charged for car parking…With it being a charity event I think they should have either not charged for parking or donate all the parking charges taken during the event to Sport Relief.
Before I go, I just want to thank Steve, for the support and help he has given me during my training. He is awesome! He always trains with me so I don’t have to go out on my own and gives me so much encouragement.
I also want to say thank you to our very good friend Mark, who was kind enough to take me to the race today and took pictures (hopefully I can post them later along with the vid)…Thank you guys!
So there it is…my first ever ‘race re-cap’ I don’t think I need to say that now I understand why runners get addicted to running races 🙂