After many months of generally doing very little (to no) running for one reason or another my run interest was suddenly sparked by an email from parkrun offering out £10 places for the Vitality 10000. I reasoned that at the super-cheap price it really didn’t matter too much if I turned up or not! And even without any consistency in running and limited fitness I was hopeful I could always just rock up and run 10K without too much strain.
When the race numbers arrived I forgot that I’d clearly been quite optimistic about my finishing time when I entered. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I could run that time, it was more did I actually want to, given what had been a very difficult previous few months.
The day before the race I got a message from Eirwen (who was also running) to say that she was going to drop down a wave or two (or three) and run with Louise who had made a late entry into the charity Ukrainian wave - and did I want to join them? For about five minutes part of me was torn – did I actually want to see what I could do in the 10k or did I just want to go along and have a fun time with no pressure. The fun won the day (without much convincing!) and I opted to go along and just have a good time.
The beauty of doing a run with other people is that often they just tell you where to be and what time on the morning of the race. I was given the very civilised time of meeting on the train at 8am. So this meant plenty of time for breakfast and coffee beforehand.
I’d originally considered getting the train to Vauxhall and then running to the race village in Green Park. In the end we got the tube to Green Park from Vauxhall but the run would’ve been totally doable and a very realistic warm up.