It was a gray morning in Glasgow when I left via taxi to start my journey to Write this Run. While stopped at a stoplight I saw a banner for a 5K that was going to be taking place on 2 June. I had only just started back running, and was unsure if I would be able to run a 5K so soon. I put the idea in the back of my mind, and settled in for an amazing weekend.
About 3 weeks ago, as I was finishing up a walk/run in Kelvingrove Park, I saw the sign again and decided to sign up. I figured I could walk/run it and just enjoy doing it. (You can donate here to Yorkhill Children’s Charity)
As the day of the race approached, I worried about every twinge in my body and frantically checked the weather forecast. I did NOT want there to be rain. I don’t like getting wet, especially while running. So I was very pleased to have woken up to sunshine this morning.
I didn’t really know what to do in terms of breakfast. Normally I have bacon and eggs, but there wasn’t time for that, so I opted for a 9Bar and a small cup of coffee. After I had eaten and made sure I had my water, Polar HRM and iPhone, I set off to the registration area which is about a 10 minute or so walk from my flat.
Registration was quick, and I then walked over to Kelvingrove Park where the race was going to be held. I was early enough that I had time to spare, so I alternated walking around and stretching. Since it was also a family walk race, I positioned myself near the front of the runners and walkers. I normally wouldn’t do that, but I figured I would be moving faster than families with prams. There was a moment of silence for Lee Rigby, the soldier who was killed last month in London, and then the race began.
I run and walk regularly in Kelvingrove Park, so I knew when there would be hills and when it would be flat or downhill. I had mentally made a plan to run as much as I could, and walk the hills (since I knew I’d never be able to run up them). This tactic paid off, and I found that I was actually able to run more than I had expected. I really had thought I would be doing A LOT of walking. I also had decided that while I was running, I was just running. No messing with my iPhone, no picture taking. I had Katy Widrick’s new running mix, so there was no need to flick through songs.
The weather was perfect, if not a bit too warm. It was sunny and that made it warm in the areas of the park not shaded, but I definitely preferred sunshine over rain! I knew what my fastest time in running a 5k was and I knew that the playlist was 45 minutes and I mentally hoped I would be done by then. My iSmoothRun app was set to give me times at every kilometer. Once I heard 3km and the time I knew I wasn’t going to beat my PR. I didn’t let that stop me, and I kept pushing on as by this point my calves were starting to ache (note to self, get new trainers).
As I crossed back over into the section of the park where the finish line was, I assumed there was another loop to be done, but I was cheered on toward the finish line. When I saw the time of 36:00 I was VERY confused. I found Steph who was waiting for me with a sign she had made me in the wee hours of the morning. I checked my iPhone and it had me at 3.66km, not 5km. I have NO idea if it was my iPhone that had issues, or if the course was shorted somehow. I’d like to dream that it was, as that gives me a huge new PR, but I am fairly sure that it was indeed 3.66km.
After getting my medal and guzzling a bottle of water, Steph and I sat and enjoyed the sun for a bit and then headed to An Clachan for a late breakfast.
All in all, it was a good day. I will definitely have to go to a Parkrun now to do an actual full out 5K!
For those of you who are interested, the winner of my Popband giveaway is Stephanie from Riverside Baking!
Thank you to the 5 people who took the time to comment. It means a lot to me. I wish I could give you all something! 🙂
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Have you ever run a race where the distance didn’t match up?