Run to the winter season!
As a snowboarder I’d say I am pretty fit, but as the season has ended and in my attempt to keep fit whilst doing something worthwhile, I decided to enter the Bupa Great Manchester 10k (6.2m) Run on Sunday May 20th. I chose to raise money for the Alzheimers Society in memory of my grandfather.
As a race newbie the whole experience was pretty overwhelming! My family left me to find my place in the line up and went off for a full English breakfast – hmpf! As I elbowed my way through a sea of hi-vis and spandex to join my start group, the nerves were starting to creep in – what if I need to stop, what if I can’t do it and most importantly, what if I need a wee?! No time to sweat over it too much as I was jostled across the start line by a mass of determined runners.
“Well, this isn’t so bad,” I thought to myself, “I’m keeping up, people are cheering – actually this is pretty sweet!” As I ran past the iconic Manchester United football stadium I started to get into my stride, despite having to avoid a deluge of water bottles; hmm, no one said this was an obstacle course!
5k – half way and I was still feeling pretty good, no stops yet and I supposed it would have been rude to give in! 6k, and the Alzheimer’s Society officials started cheering me on. I remember thinking where one earth is 7k, the legs were getting pretty achy. 8k, 9k, then 800m to go, 400m….. I saw the line, and believe me it was a welcome sight. The road was lined with people cheering but all I could see was the finish! I crossed the line at 52:04, a pretty respectable time for a novice I think!
All in all it was a great experience. I raised money for a charity close to my heart and the sense of achievement was immense! I loved competition (my snowboarding buddies will vouch for that) and the vibe was amazing too. Having spectators willing me on from the sidelines and people I didn’t know congratulating me I was stoked!
If you’re looking for a summer activity I’d definitely sign up for a run; it was great to have a goal and something to work towards. I’ll be fighting fit for next season not to mention growing my medal collection that currently totals…well, one!
Posted by Rachel Lilley on 05/24/12