I thought technology was going to make my blogging life easier, turns out, I have to do double the work. My phone has messed up again and so, an entire rewrite is now due. Forgive me for spelling mistakes and baby school grammar errors. Its going to be a quick one as its long over due.
Some of you may know that I completely forgot about my British Heart foundation run on 4th May. It was not until the night before when I was going through my junk mail, I saw an email from the BHF with subject heading ‘good luck’ for a moment, I thought to myself, they are a bit early with the good luck wishes, but then as I read the email, it was apparent that I had a lot of reorganisation to do.
My day started well(!) I packed too much gear to change into. T shirt, hoodie… I got a free T from the BHF – could have used that… We had warm weather – so unlikely to be cold, additionally, I had my coat… And to top it off, I forgot my participant number… I did wonder if I left my brain under my pillow that morning.
Managed to get out of work fairly early that day. Being with Chinese employers, you always have that flexibility.
When I arrived, there were a lot of people running. The actual course was based in the ‘moat’ area surrounding the Tower of London – it is a drained area with a nice lawn. I thought it was a clever place to hold the event. VIP pass for the participants to an area usually off limits, so it was a reason to run if you wanted to step foot on the grounds. The area was a tourist hot spot and it gave the charity and event great publicity; tourists and passersby would stop and watch us run from above – similar to that of the Colosseum.
All wearing red, we resemble red blood cells flowing through veins...
Thankfully, they had a stash of spare numbers, so I re-registered, grabbed a T-shirt and changed into my running shoes.
Started with a walk for about a quarter of the lap and broke into a super light jog… I did most of my warming up trying to get to the event, so I was confident I was not going to hurt myself this time.
When I started running I had one objective in mind, trying to do the whole 5km without stopping. I have tried this on a couple of occasions before, and I wanted to see if I had achieved that state of fitness. The result? I sort of did… There was one occasion where I slowed down to a power walk, but otherwise nearly non-stop. I thought I would try for 6km, seeing as I have raised £60… That extra kilometer was nice and easy…
As I approached the end of the lap, I was ready to stop, but I couldn’t find the finish line… That caused me to go round again and again. The encouraging cheers from bystanders and staff spurred me on continuously. I got to about 8km when I hit the 1hour mark. So it wasn’t too bad, but I hoped I could do the full 10 within the hour. Total time for 10km, about 1h10m..?
My new number for the Tower of London jog 2011