Get Set, Go!

Hi, I hope everyone has had a great week.  With a little tinkering, my training has gone quite well this week and, touch wood, injuries have stood up well.  One outside run in the sunshine and two treadmill sessions, very tedious but easier to control the pace.  I’m not yet up to the 8 mile long run called for on Sunday, but used the Bristol 10K as my long run instead.

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Ready to start

This is the second year I’ve completed the Bristol 10K, last year it was my first ever 10K race that I’d been training hard for.  With very little work done this year, I decided that I wasn’t going to race it and risk aggrevating my ankle.  My husband dropped out as he’d  picked up a niggle this week, and my daughter (who’s only run a 5K before) was grudgingly running, so I decided to jog around with her and get her to the finish line.

It was a beautiful sunny morning and we were in the last wave to start at 10:07, so we didn’t have to get up too early – bonus!  Took a few minutes to get over the start, but then we were off, with plenty of support through Hotwells, which was great. Under the suspension bridge and up the Portway to the turn around at the hot air balloon, before heading back towards the town.  It was really hot and the water station at 5K was much appreciated, not least by my daughter, who I think was starting to melt.

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Turn around on the Portway

She had managed to jog along to 5K, but struggled after that and headed to Spike Island with a mixture of fast walking and short bursts of jogging.  I tried to keep jogging beside her to practice slowing my pace right down.  My first half marathon is a trail race on the South Downs, being able to really slow my pace will help on the hilly course.

We had set ourselves the target of coming in under 1 hour 20 minutes.  Coming off Spike Island, the 1 hour 20 pacer caught up with us.  A bit of encouragement and promises of ice cream, got my daughter to put in a little extra effort and we crossed the finish line in 1:17:15, beating our target by nearly 3 minutes.

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Coming into the finish line

It was way outside my PB but nevertheless one of the most enjoyable races I have done.  Being able to jog round with my daughter in the sunshine, with the music and supporters all along the course was a very pleasurable way to spend the morning.  I’m not so sure my daughter felt the same, but I am super proud of her.  She struggled, but she kept going.  She got her medal and T-shirt and a cookie dough ice-cream, and Nuffield Health Centre have given her a free day pass on presentation of her medal, so she’s feeling quite proud of herself, and rightly so.

Wednesday evening we went to the cinema to watch the countrywide showing of the Skid Row Marathon documentary.  It’s about the Midnight Mission Running Group set up by Judge Craig Mitchell in Los Angeles. It documents how people at their lowest on skid row, have used running, with the help of the judge, to turn their lives around.  Totally inspirational and well worth a watch if you get the chance.

So far I’ve run 37.37km of the 100km I need to do before 31 August, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.  Please feel free to check out my giving page at Running Down Dementia.  Any donations would be much appreciated and definitely going to a worthy cause.

At last it looks as though the weather is improving.  I hope that you all have a great week.

Happy running.

Heather

 

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