Yesterday I took part in my first running event for a couple of months and it was very different to one I have taken part in before- also one I have been excited to try out for about a year. The day started with a mile, followed by a 5k. I was excited because the shortest distance I’ve run at an event in the last year has been a 10k so I thought it would be a nice change and I was also very aware I wanted to be fast.
I really enjoyed the mile- I didn’t want to push it too hard because I knew I wanted to push harder in the 5k but I’m happy with the 7:29 mile I did! I can’t wait to do it again next year and hopefully do sub 7!
The mile was a straight route from one end of Stokes Bay to the other. I took the first half easier and then tried to sprint the last 0.5, ending the mile with a battle against another runner. It reminded me of cross country at junior school and it felt awesome. Despite it not being a PB (in terms of runs I do outside of events), it felt like a strong mile!
As much as I enjoyed mile one and mile three of the 5k, mile two was terrifying. It was a mile of running across shingle- I only run on the beach when I really have to and it’ll be for less than 0.1 of a mile and so one mile worth was torturous. Although I really wanted to get home to watch an episode of Suits so I did step it up a level in the final sprint.
The race had an awesome atmosphere-especially lovely to see so many kids because they could take part too. The marshals were brilliant which was definitely needed because it was a muggy morning. It’s been a while since I’ve had an event on a muggy day (last October: Great South Run) and I think I must have really progressed since then because even though it did make for uncomfortable conditions, I do feel like my body dealt with it better than it once would have.
Since I am not opposed to races that end with a medal, I was particularly chuffed to add two more to my collection after yesterday and can’t wait to return next year.
~ Kat ~