Anyway, thoughts are now turning to what next? I have found a few local 10 milers, halves etc so may do a few of them between now and September. I would like to get my half time to under 1.50 ultimately but that may be a goal for next year. Then Spetember brings Berlin Marathon and October - Abingdon (with Pip I hope!!)
Off to buy "Eat to Run" and that run less run faster book. Brookie is back running properly - yay!
Oh, and one funny thought I had as I looked around my fellow runners on Sunday was "wow, everyone has pretty smart kit on." there were some ladies in particular in totally matchy matchy outfits - like all pink and black with matching pink trainers. The running clothing/kit industry must be totally cashing in. I mean, considering really you don't need much for running other than some decent shoes and some not too sweaty shorts and t-shirt, people had clearly spent some considerable dosh. Right I will stop clogging up the thread with my waffle now. Night all!
I took a gel at mile 8 and then finally started to feel some confidence in how good i was feeling. I was really enjoying it! I scoffed a few jelly babies from kids handing them out (can't ever resist a jelly baby!) and at mile 10 put my "Running Trax" tunes on. I didn't really feel in need of the lift music sometimes give me (normally I prefer to run races with no music at all) but actually it just made me feel even happier! I got quite emotional thinking of little Isaac and how running is the one big thing I still have of the old pre-babies Brookie, now that I am no longer a practising lawyer. Feeling tears come, I told myself to stop being a big sucker and get on with it!
I felt amazing in the last 3 miles, my stride lengthening (or at least it felt as though it was - probably not in reality!) and I imagined I was zooming along like a Kenyan runner! I suspect i probably looked like a deranged, grinning, red faced lunatic of a thirty something woman, wobbling along with flailing arms and a poor gait, but hey!
I sprinted as best I could into the stadium, picking off a few people on the way, but it's a big busy race and passing people isn't always easy due to space. I checked my watch over the line and guessed I'd done something like 2.04 or 2.05 so was well chuffed when the text confirmed my time as 2.03.54.
And the best bit? Having armed myself with Tena Liners...... I didn't wee! Even with the sprint finish! Hurrah!