In March 2013 at the age of 50 I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. To say this was a wake up call is an understatement! I changed my diet and started to walk an hour a day. In April 2014 I hoovered off my trainers and started to run. In December I went to my first Parkrun and loved it. I now feel I need to do more so it's challenge time. The first challenge was the Bideford 10K in May 2015. I'm now training for the Braunton 10 in January 2016. You can follow my progress here.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Tamar Lakes Parkrun
Upper Tamar Lake
Today was my fifth Parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk at Tamar Lakes. If it wasn't for volunteers this event wouldn't happen so a big thank you to them. It was a lovely sunny morning with no wind, if a bit on the chilly side. Fifty two of us set off at 9am to run round the lake, all 5k of it! Initially I ran alongside Sarah, another Bideford 10k participant, thinking that we should be making conversation but I can't run and talk so we ran in what I think is termed companionable silence.
At the one mile point (I have a woman on my phone telling me this) I was slightly ahead of her and was waiting for another Sarah to overtake me as she has done on the previous weeks. Although someone did overtake it wasn't her! It was nearer two miles before she did. We exchanged hello's and then she had passed me.
With no warning 'competitive Sarah' was in my head saying 'stick with her, you'll get another PB if you do, don't let her get too far ahead'
'What?' said my legs 'you're joking, she's too fast'
I stuck to her like glue!
Luckly she had her earphones in so was spared my heavy breathing which sounded like an audition for the soundtrack on a low budget porn movie as we climbed the hill to the finish! I thought I was going to die ...................
So I was two seconds behind her and got a time of 30.10 and ..................................we both got PB's!!
Before I got hot and sweaty
As a treat and to put all the calories back on we had toasted crumpets for elevenses!