02 October 2016 – Standalone 10k

My 3rd time doing this event, and I had actually tried to give my place away so I could go out on the mountain bike instead – mainly due to my belief that I had not done enough training.  Missed the deadline for entry transfer so had a choice to make. 

Undeterred and spurred on by my friend Marie taking part I rocked up with a view of completing the distance in around 50-55 mins.

Marie, who has ‘not done much recently’ was also looking for a similar time so we agreed to run together.  Which we did.  And talked all the way around the course.  The route was the same as the two previous years that I’ve doe it so was able to coach us up the hills at a steady pace to conserve energy.

We crossed the finish line in 49.00 – far better than either of us had hoped for.  One other runner remarked to us that all she could hear during her run was us two chatting and wondered what time we would have got had we been quiet.  Food for thought.

Got another nice Tshirt and enjoyed my banana.  Treated myself to a leg massage and if pain is an indicator of how much one was needed, then Very Much was the answer.  Legs felt brand new again afterwards.

Gun time 49.25, Chip time 49.00, Overall 401/1340, Female 65/596, Category FV45-54 17/140.

Welwyn Festival 10k 26 June 2016

My 3rd time doing this event, meaning I have started my 3rd year of ‘competing’ (aka turning up to run with a load of other runners) in races.

This year proved itself to be another good one.  Having done a few races over the last 2 years I now recognise faces as well as make new friends.  Many of whom were at this event so it was a fab opportunity to have a good old natter and catch-up.  And me being me, got to know a few more.

The route this year took in most of the 2015 route but no off-road.  Which was probably good as we’ve had a fair bit of rain recently so the ground would have been soft/soggy.  I started out in the pen with the ladies from Fittbirds and remained pretty much step for step with one of them (Mary) for the duration of the race.  Got another nice Tshirt and enjoyed my banana.

Gun time 50.32, Chip time 50.16, Overall 136/512, Female 18/199, Category FV45 7/58.

28 June 2014 – Welwyn Festival 10k. My first proper race!

Having heard about this ‘fun run’ I decided to throw my hat into the ring and enter.  I once lived in Welwyn Village and at that time kept my horse at a nearby livery yard, so knew the terrain.  I was delighted when the event organisers published the route map.  And then it hit me – there would be hills!!

I made sure I included some hills into my training plan.  Training plan?

I did not have an official Training plan, I just pushed myself a bit further when I ran to get the distance.

Scared myself to death one day when my lovely other half had suggested we ride the route on the mountain bikes.  The hills were not new to me, I had taken my horse around these tracks and trails many a time.  I now understand why my horse got so hot and sweaty. Stark realisation that I would probably drop dead myself, but undeterred and encouraged by Mike I got more and more excited as the day drew closer.

I was very nervous, my first race, I ran along and really enjoyed myself.  Knowing the route was a bonus and I came in with a respectable time of 53.26 and got a nice tshirt.

Gun time: 53.45. Chip Time: 53.26. Overall 144/322. Female 27/132. Class Vet 9/36