Picture the scene, it’s the end of October and we are by the sea in Portsmouth but instead of the bitter wind and freezing cold temperatures of last year, the sun is shining and it’s positively tropical. This is what faced Andy and I last Sunday as we prepared to take on the Great South Run.
I had always intended to include this run in my 20 events but I actually only physically entered the Sunday before, injury had meant I hadn’t completed any proper running since August bank holiday weekend!! The marathon walk had knocked me and my training. I went out on the treadmill Sunday morning and I ran 10miles and then decided I could enter the event. Andy again promised to run with me which was perfect (though I have to say there is an irritation in the fact he can just run 10miles with no training and after playing hockey on a Saturday)
We had a hotel booked Saturday night in Portsmouth so the alarm didn’t need to be set too early thankfully. Going through for breakfast and it was clear the only people who had stayed the night before were runners!!! I opted for a continental breakfast rather than my normal porridge!!
We took a leisurely drive to the car park where we left the car and went to find the race village to pick up our numbers. The area was buzzing and it was actually really warm!!
We picked up our numbers, late entry meant they were posted and we were allocated numbers on the day. Then I had a cheeky lemon crepe! Something I may continue before races seeing how I finished but keep reading for that!!
We were the last wave to start so has plenty of time to get organised. We watched some of the other runners starting and took our places for the warm up, always fun watching the Duracell bunny lunging before a race 🤣 our time had come and not sure whether I was happy to hear the first female had just finished or not!!
I said to Andy that I would like to beat last years time of 1.56 but I didn’t think I could do much faster so in my head I needed to keep a steady pace of 10.45/11 min miles. We set off and it quickly thinned out which was good. I felt good too, it was hot but the atmosphere and crowds at this event are brilliant so really help. Running round the dockyards is so fun and enjoyable. Worrying I kept seeing 10-10 on my watch and was worrying we were going too fast!!! The miles kept passing, we had seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles go off in the wave before us so I felt quite chuffed to pass one of them!!! Water stops were much needed and thankfully there were a good few of them and jelly babies which I find I only like when running 🤣 looking at my watch and I saw a 9 at a couple of points so worried more than I just couldn’t keep that pace. Andy was fairly quiet too unlike his usual talking constantly during a run!!! The heat was tricky. Passed a guy running as a portaloo, incredible what people will do when running for different charities!!
We passed the next turtle about mile 7, clearly running in a hot costume has got to be much harder work in this temperatures we had on Sunday. Mile 7-8 was hard, really hard. We at this point were running away from the buzz and atmosphere of the sea front and I started to struggle. Mile 8 and you are on the home stretch, in my head I had by this point worked out we could make 1.45 which I would have been so pleased with. The pair of us were struggling but we kept on going with more water and jelly babies! The crowds cheering were amazing and the last mile was underway. I was extremely pleased to see the finish line and look down at my watch to realise we were going to come in under 1.42! We did it. 14 mins knocked off last years time. I was ecstatic. Andy has to admit he didn’t realise I was that much fitter than last year!! Proud 🙂
We waited for the massage which was such a good thing to do. Both of us think that helped the recovery. Back in the car and home to meet the children and pack for our week away.
We have had a beautiful week in wales, really lovely and the weather has been perfect. For anyone who hasn’t been I highly recommend bluestone for a family holiday.
Just getting set for event 16 on Sunday. A 5km inflatable obstacle course!!!! My upper arm strength is shocking so I’m not convinced I’m going to make it up some of them 🙈 super excited to be running with Alice.
I’m pleased to report also that my fundraising page is at £881, so close to the £1000.
Afternoon Tea next Friday for ICP Support and I cannot wait, I will report lots of that when it happens.
Thank you again for following my journey. 15/20 events completed. Not bad really!