Friday, 30 May 2014

I Ran The Bupa London 10K

You might remember in my post London and Proud I set out a list of things I wanted to do over the year, one of those was to do a 10km run. I am proud to say I have now done it!

On Sunday morning I met a few friends at the tube and we headed down to Green Park to join the thousands of other runners taking part in the Bupa London 10,000. Unlike the rest of the weekend the weather was actually good which was a relief as there was a lot hanging around, first to drop my bag and then waiting for the race to start, I was near the back so we stated 35 minutes after the elite runners.

I picked this run as I liked the look of the route, firstly it was pretty flat, a definite advantage! Secondly it took in the sights of London, starting and finishing on the Mall, running along the Embankment to the City, past St Paul's, through Leadenhall Market and back. Running through London was great and when I remembered I looked up and took in the sights, it certainly made a change from my normal route especially the busy dual carriageway I often run along!

I found the run itself tough despite running on a weekly basis I was struggling from the start, whether it was the early start, the hanging around prior to running or other factors I don't know. All I knew was that I had raised over £600 for charity so had to finish, I never really set myself a time to finish in though in my mind I wanted to do it in less than an hour and a half. In the end I just beat that, my official time was 1:29:38. I enjoyed the race and felt a sense of achievement when I finished. Now I will have to do another 10k just so I can beat my time!

Have you run in an organised race, if so what were your experiences? Which one should I do next?

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