Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:19
Ok, it wasn't fast and it wasn't pretty, but we did it!!!!
Thankfully it was a bit cooler yesterday evening, but even so, when we saw the route, we knew that it was never going to be speedy! It started on the athletics track (2 loops) then went into the park where we did 3 loops, there was a killer hill (and I do mean killer!!) so steep that it was hard to actually run up it! There were grown men in club vests walking it, so our first challenge was not to walk! At least before the up hill there was the luxury of a down hill, but again it was so steep, you couldn't get maximum benefit from it, it felt like you needed to keep the breaks on, to avoid taking a tumble!) I checked my Garmin after the first loop and we were under an 8 min mile, but there was no way I was maintaining that! By the time we finally made it up the hill, my legs felt like jelly, I must have used some new muscles somewhere, as I felt I had no power in my legs!
The second lap wasa bit easier as we slightly slowed the pace, but knowing we had to take on the hill a third time was enough to make you weep! But, we made it and by then I was geting into my stride and by the final loop round the track to the finish we managed a sprint!
Time was Slo-o-o-ow (56:12) but this one wasn't about speed, it was about comeback! I hope to get closer to my 47:58 PB at the Salford 10k in September, which I believe is flat!
Oh, and we pinned our wedding photo to our backs, so lots of congratualtory comments too. All in all a fab night!!! Woo hooo!!