As many of you will know because I’ve been going on about it for weeks, I ran the Women’s Running 10km in Nottingham on Sunday, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. In a whirlwind last week or so, I was interviewed by Women’s Running magazine, interviewed by the Nottingham Post and then asked if I could be interviewed on stage on the day itself. Add a poorly baby, then a first birthday and at some point a bit of training in there and it’s safe to say I was tired before the race began! It was amazing though and here’s how I got on.
The weather on Sunday morning in Nottingham was atrocious. We were going to take Toby’ssmarTrike, but it was absolutely throwing it down so we took his pushchair and he kept angrily lifting the rain cover off! In the end, Phil had to pop him in the car for a nap so they missed the start of the race but my parents were there and Phil and Toby saw me at a few other stages including the all-important finish line.
I did a quick interview on the stage where I was asked about my nan’s diagnosis and the impact the disease has had on our family, so that was quite emotional but spurred me on a lot. At that point I had raised just under my £200 target, but I was really thrilled with that as my initial target had been £100. By the time I went to bed last night my fundraising page stood at a whopping £293.75 including gift aid so I nearly cried as the donations on the day came in and I cannot tell everyone who’s sponsored and supported me how grateful I am. It won’t be able to help my nan, but it will go a long way to helping future patients of the evil Alzheimer’s disease.
So, to the race…
We had quite a brutal 15 minute warm-up led by a marathon runner then off we went to the start line. With the rain easing, the conditions were perfect and we did a 10 second countdown then we were off! The first 3km whizzed by and I just kind of did my own thing, roughly in keeping with the 70 minute pacer. My 7 and 8km training runs had me set for a 75-80 minutes finish time so that was my realistic target with a 70 minute ‘ideal’ in my mind. I got chatting to the 7- minute pacer and other runners sticking with her and that really helped the distance pass by. Before I knew it we were at 7km and I felt so full of energy.
In the rain pre-race
Post-race with my favourites
At 9km I decided to pull ahead of the pacer a bit and with 200m left I really went for it. At 100m to go, myself and another lady decided to sprint it so we ran as fast as our jelly legs could take us to cheers and whoops as we crossed the finish line, it was amazing! I collected my medal, water, protein drink and goody bag then found the Alzheimer’s Society stand who gave me a much-needed chocolate bar and off I went to find Phil, Toby and my parents to await the results. So, with a 70 minute dream target, I finished in:
Woo! I beat my dream target and I raised loads more money than I had expected – what a day! I’m still absolutely buzzing and it’s picked up my motivation no end to get really fit and work towards a sub-60 minute 10km and a half marathon.
Once again, thank you to everyone who has donated, who has cheered me on via social media and text, to my amazing husband, son and parents who were there on the day and to Women’s Running magazine for organising an amazing event and for interviewing little old me, I loved it!
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