Well I have done it, 10k and I finished! I did see the road sweepers on the opposite side of the dual carriageway but they were 4k behind us.
It was an interesting day. I woke up feeling a bit tired and grumpy and worried that I had ‘peaked’ yesterday. I ate a normal breakfast and had some extra water. I felt sick in the car. When we got there it seemed lonely in that big crowd and I wished I had a running buddy. I felt guilty that I wasn’t raising money for charity.
We set off and I felt a bit vulnerable with crowds by the road looking at us but I had to concentrate on the route and before you know it 2k had gone.
The nerves settled and it was possible to relax – I just kept up steady jogging. The water station was welcome as was the shower! Seeing my Hubby and son at 7k gave me a boost when I needed it though my son said I looked like a running tomato with my big red face!
A surprise for me was that I managed to keep up a steady jog most of the way around – that must be the adrenaline rush/ support that people talk about.
Then it was over! I can’t believe I did it.
This time last year I doubted my ability to do 5k and now I have done 10.
All thanks to practice and perseverance.