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It’s A Nice Day, For A…10k!!

August 24, 2009

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Readyyyy…..Settttt…..GO….. I was up at 7, I showered, I dressed and devoured an oh so beautiful bowl of protein, cinnamon and banana oats….yummay. /8:41am we hopped onto train numero one…thats my dad strikin a pose there. /9:10am, we arrive in the delightful deserted Warrington, and march accross town map in hand to catch train numero deux…4 minutes, and….”helloooo Birchwood, I am ready to run”

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Or am I?? My hamstrings are still feeling ‘tres tight’ not cool, not cool at all?? Anyways /10am, I drop into Race HQ to drop off Daz’s number and race chip, the woman growls and snatches them outa my hands!?? /10:10am, time for some presto chango action….lucky I came semi-prepared and went for layers, as it’s a mid car park job [I didn’t fancy the portaloo for gettin naked??] /10.20am, I strike a few poses, and head off to find the start line…hmmmm interesting use of a shopping trolley?? Not entirely sure what that was all about?? And lucky I didn’t opt for a portaloo change…check out that queue. Just enough time for a much needed stretch…..and……

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Oh hello? /10:31am, and we’re off…….

Phew it’s hot….maybe I should slow down a little? Don’t want to burn out too soon…hey 1km, where did you come from?? 2km….3km….oh yeah, I forgot, hamstrings…tight you say? Nah, these leg’s are on fire baby!!! Hey, Mister….your drivin on the wrong side of the road?? Now now…chill ya beans, get back in ya car love…it’s only one day a year…it’s not the marshall’s fault the road’s closed!!! 4km…5km….aaaaaah, water never tasted so sweet….6km, phew….that’s a fair few dudes I’ve over taken there??? Oh wait, noooooo….not the dreaded shoulder ache?? Nope, we’re good…it’s gone!!! Right…keep pushing, 7km….ohhhh my shit!!! That is one big beast of a hill….I’ll never make it??? Oh yee of little faith…hills are my thang….let’s get that sprint on….ohhhh yeah!!! Lookin good!!! Hey, hey, 8km…and another hill??? Yeah baby…another hill!!! La, la, la , la…”brand new Nike back for good, lose your Rolex, rip your t-shirt, bounce up till both your knees hurt…..” Pheweeeee….9km…..I love you….last hill…come on, let’s rock this thang!!! There it is…the big finish….let’s go, let’s go…faster….faster….hey, weren’t you ahead of me like 2 miles ago?? Run…run…run…….

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00:53:35/6.6 miles JOB DONE!!!

Never have I beamed so much!!! Flowers…for me? Thank you x. Photo op…strike a pose, and another, and another!! Right, stop…I neeed sustinance….Slim Fast…you’ll do! Annnddd…..breathe….

How happy am I right now….53 minutes, 35seconds??? That’s like….a whole 10 minutes faster than my last 10k…less than 2 months ago!! Chuffed?? You betcha!!!

8:07 per mile….that’s an equal PB, previously set over 5km!!? I am sooooo happy right now!!

/11:45am…let’s get this sweaty, tired ass back home!!

A hop, skip, 2 trains and a mini trek later….I was home, it was all over [sad face]!! What a day!!?

What to do now??? After all that excitement, I am pooped….it’s tv on, laptop at the ready…and chill!!

Maybe just enough energy to whip up a quick lunch….mmmmm egg mayo wrap?? No…wait….is that an avocado I spy….guacamole wrap…..now that is a plan!!

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Maaaaan, that was soooo goooood!! I had promised myself a bread free day after yesterdays bread-fest, but hey….it’s only semi-bready, and it was worth it!!

As I munched and chilled, I had a flick through the freebie running mag from the race….and when I say flick….I mean, read from cover to cover….and I never do that with magazines???

Some of the words really rang true with me…

“If someone says, ‘Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?’ Ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?…The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles.”

Sam Dee, Olympics athletics coach

So many of the guys in my running club are so overly concerned with how far…and how fast everyone else can run?? Who cares….concentrate on your own run people!! In future…they can mind their own business…I run for me, for my fitness, my health, the only person I am competting against…is me!!

hmmmph….so there!!

Another little tit bit had me chuckling….tips on motivation…number 25:

“Get naked and jump up and down in front of the mirror. Still not sure if you need run…?”

Julia Buckley for Running Free, August 2009

Quite possibly the best motivational tip…EVER???

As I read….I snacked….those delish l’il plums again…

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Dinner time soon crept up….I had been looking forward to pasta bake all week; red pepper and tomato with herby breadcrumbs…mmmmm, I added some Quorn chicken for protein and peas for a bit of greenery….

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Oh noooo….I just realised….breadcrumbs….bread!!??? Darn it!! And I was doing so well too???

I did have a naughty-ish li’l treat for pud…some sugar free strawberry Angel Delight….a perfect end…to a perfect day I feel…..

A long day….and an even loonnnnger post [whoopsie…I got a bit carried away ay??]

Could there possibly be anything left to say??

Just that….

I will sleep very, very happy tonight xxx.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 02:13

    wow!! great time! you are a speedster, i am impressed. good for you! 😀 i am loving the wrap. and those quotes are good too! congrats my dear!

  2. October 12, 2009 20:18

    where are ya cei?

    • May 6, 2010 15:51

      Hi Janetha, I went AWOL, as did my diet, I’m back on it now though, don’t think I’m going to get back into blogging about it though…it’s been a while looking forward to checking out where your at though 🙂 x.

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