“What WAS I thinking?!”…I muttered to myself as I passed the 5k mark on a warm and very muggy evening. Half way I thought, I CAN do this…
Let’s rewind a few weeks back to when I decided that it was time to enter my first 10K. I’d ran a couple of 5K’s and now that my fitness and speed was good, I thought it was time for the next challenge. I found out that my fairly local park, Dinton pastures, was holding its second summer 5/10k around the lake and thought it would be the perfect place to start. A nice flat and scenic route, one I’ve walked many times with my mum and Oscar, our dog. So I signed up and with the help of a friend, wrote a training plan.
Those few weeks went pretty quick and before I knew it, the evening of the race had arrived. With my mum and Oscar accompanying me, we set off with plenty of time to pick up my number, timing chip and make a few nervous wee trips, before it started.
As we approached the start line there was a great buzz and positive atmosphere as we waited to go. The air horn sounded and we were off, cheered on by the volunteers and family members that had come to provide support. I nervously waved and smiled to my mum, now it was all down to me! The first few miles were quite hard, the heat was definitely having an impact, and I knew I had to listen to my body and slow it down. My motivation was reaching that half way mark, and when I did, my mum was there cheering me on. After that I picked up a second wind and ran on.
As I got closer to the finish line, I could feel my legs starting to tire and the hour draw in. With a few words of wisdom and the chatty man next to me, I made it over the finish line in 58 minutes and 31 seconds. I felt amazing. I was quickly handed a medal, grabbed a banana and a bottle of water, before being greeted with open arms and a huge hug from mum!I couldn’t believe I had actually done it, and a few days after, I was still beaming from ear to ear. My legs were quite sore but nothing a few baths and evenings on the foam roller couldn’t sort. Overall, it was a fun evening and well organised event, one I couldn’t have done without the support of my amazing mum! I love her so much and can’t thank her enough for all her support and love!