My 10 mile race and a new PB!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I was quite excited about running this race and the few days before I made sure I was eating sensible foods such as my gluten free porridge and bananas. I even made a banana cake yesterday which appeared to be a healthy and fun way to devour fruit.

My friend collected me at 9.30am and we drove about 30 minutes to the race. Her son also came with us and he's an amazing runner and can run 5 minute miles. He's fantastic.

Once we arrived we were greeted by many race marshal's who showed us where to park. It was like we were royalty. lol! I kept waving at them to say thanks. It was all good fun.

I left my bag of recovery snacks, jacket and inhaler in the car while we went to see some others from our running club. We already had our numbers so didn't have to worry about that.

We had about 45 minutes before the race actually started so after some chatting, going to the toilet one last time, we decided to do a warm up by running around a field.

I felt rusty and ever since my last run on Wednesday I still had a slight pain in my side so this caused me a little worry.

Anyway, the pain didn't play up at all and I was totally grateful for that!

When it was time to start we all lined up waiting for the horn to blow ...

Then we were off and my little legs were going back and forth, back and forth.

I saw some faster ladies from my club and tried to keep with them. I held them in my sight for the whole 10 miles. It was awesome. I felt so strong and fit. I glanced at my garmen. Pace was 7.45 minutes per mile. It was great. I felt so comfortable.

At the water station I overtook a few people who were busy drinking. I can't do this as I always carry my water with me. It's how I train and what I'm used to.

Later on my breathing became heavy but it was nothing I couldn't handle. It felt strange but it's nothing I haven't felt before. I know I'm not going to die but it's uncomfortable putting this kind of pressure on our bodies.

By mile 8 I felt a little slower and glanced at the garmen. 8.20 minute miles... Not bad.

However, I was also catching some people up and eventually overtook one of the fast ladies at my club. I couldn't believe it. I then caught up another man from my club who had previously overtaken me ... he couldn't believe his eyes. I had to laugh.

I sprinted to the finish and my time was 84 minutes. Woo Hoo! This was a personal best by 6 whole minutes.

Many of my club congratulated me and another lady who used to run with me a year ago has become inspired by me and is also trying to run faster.

This is great news. So many people have inspired me and now I have inspired my infectious love for running and my increase in speed onto someone else. It's great how the world works.

From a young girl who could never run because of my asthma being so bad I am totally grateful for being able to run now at the age of 36 and feeling fitter than I have ever felt. I love my ife and I love running.

When I first started running I could only run a minute and walk a minute and carried on doing this for 3 years. This year plan to run a marathon within the next 12 months. Fingers crossed.

So no matter how hard it gets, know that everything will always be alright and never give up. If I can do this so can you.
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    awesome race, helen! way to go on the fast time!
    4079 days ago
    Helen, CONGRATS! You are amazing!! I am so proud of you! Way to go for your incredible race! Hugs, Cathy
    4083 days ago
  • KSIGMA1222
    Awesome blog! And awesome time! I'd better watch it or you may catch up to me! Thanks for your comment on my blog and so glad it prompted me to visit and see yours. Keep running and keep loving the run!
    4088 days ago
    Helen, What a fantastic time! I always use you for an example when I work with my friend that has asthma. You are really an inspiration! She and I are doing her first 5K next Saturday. We will probably walk most of it, but I have gotten her to run 8 minutes at a time, so I am hoping the race will give her enough adrenalin to finish under 45 minutes. Congratulations on a fantastic race!
    4089 days ago
    Wow, Helen, you did FANTASTIC!!! That was an awesome run and congrats on your time!! I'm envious you are able to run like this, as I'm lucky to do 10mph sprints! LOL

    How many calories do you burn on such a run?? It must be an astounding amount!

    And, why does it seem like only I am getting any older?? It sure seems like you have been 36yrs old, ever since we met, years ago! emoticon My birthday is getting here, fast! Just 13 more days and I'll be 48! Yowzers!! emoticon Yours is coming, too, I know...June what??

    Oh, let me guess....you'll be 36, again! LOL

    emoticon On your incredible racing feat, my friend! I'm proud of you!! emoticon
    4089 days ago
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    Great blog! Congratulations on your success. Ten miles is no small accomplishment. emoticon
    4089 days ago
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