Women’s Running

Last Saturday I took part in the Women’s Running 10k in Cardiff. I’ve only run one other 10k before and once in training (with a stop in the shop on the way) and both times I’d walked in parts.

Parking at the MoRun was a nightmare and so expensive. Following Robyn’s advice I re looked at the course to see if I could find cheaper parking. The course had a part that I recognised from the weekly parkrun course so I had the bright idea to park where I park for that (which is free). What I didn’t realise was that I would have to walk 2 1/2km before I even got to the start!!

The rain stopped while we warmed up and for the first half of the race it held off, thankfully. Women’s Running had organised pacers for the race and after a lot of thought I decided to start with the 70minute pacer. This was a big step for me as the twice I have run 10k my times were 1:20:02 and 1:16:58 but I thought that if I started with the pacer I could always drop back if I struggled.

It was a very well organised race with a lot of water stations around the course. What I didn’t realise though was that the people manning the stations loosen the lid for you and I managed to spill quite a lot down my leg! The pace was quite a challenge for me and I was very pleased to get a 5k PB of 33:09. I was also amused by the shuffle feature of my playlist. Just as my running app finished telling me I had completed 5k, my music cut back in to Bon Jovi singing “we’re halfway there, oh oh living on a prayer!” I couldn’t have worked that out if I had tried 😀

I started slipping back from the pacer but made sure I kept her in my sights at all times. As in the MoRun I really struggled between 8-9km. This is obviously the point that I need to work on. Thankfully I saw Sarah, a twitter friend, just behind me at this point and we ran the last bit together. Having her there gave me the boost that I needed to keep going.

I ran the whole way, no walking even though I was completely drenched and my feet were squelching thanks to the weather. I’m pretty sure even the duck had umbrellas, it was that bad!

I crossed the finish line in an official time of 1:10:30 but both the pacer and myself made the course to be slightly longer than 10km. According to the app on my phone, I hit 10k at just over 1hr 7mins but I am going to stick with my official time as it still gives me a new PB by over 6mins 😀

I was absolutely exhausted by the end as I had given everything. I don’t think I could gave run any further. My feet hurt from sloshing about in wet socks, my hips hurt and all my leg muscles were screaming!!! This was the point I wished I had paid for parking 😉

Birthday treat

Last month was my birthday and my lovely hubby gave me some money for me to book a gait analysis at a specialist running shop and treat myself to a new pair of trainers.

With one thing and another we have only just made it into Cardiff to spend my money.

I rang the shop beforehand and asked them if I needed to wear my usual running kit. “No need” they said. “Although you could bring your old trainers to check for wear”. Even though I had been told not to wear my running kit, I decided it would probably be a good idea to wear tracksuit bottoms to run in.

Hubby and I caught the train into Cardiff, taking a very excited 2year old with us.

Once we got there the lady doing my gait analysis asked me to roll up my trouser legs to just above my ankles. This annoyed me slightly as, had I worn my running leggings they are 3/4 length and would have been the perfect length!

Annoyances aside, she was very professional and even though I secretly wanted to take home the pair they give you to run in for the analysis, (they were bright yellow!) I did eventually come away with a lovely pair of mizuno Wave Legends.

I was a bit disappointed by the fact that once the trainers are worn outside you can no longer return them. I have heard of shops that give you a month to try them and still allow you to return them if you are not happy. Surely they could claim I had already worn them outside after trying them out?

I was also disappointed by the low levels of stock in the shop. After choosing my trainers, I still had some money left over and I had in mind either a black short sleeve top for those runs that are not quite warm enough for just my running club vest or *shock horror* a pair of shorts. Yes ladies and gents I am almost feeling confident enough to blind the population of the South Wales valleys with my whiter than white legs!! Almost. But they had neither of those things. The ladies section consisted of pink or pink :/ and long running leggings.

They did have a good selection of garmin watches and gels but neither of those are necessary for me at the moment at the distances I do.

I wore my new trainers to run club last Wednesday and had the best run ever. I’m not sure if it was psychological or if I’m actually getting better but we ran up a mountain (no I’m not exaggerating- it is actually a mountain) and not only was I not the last one home but I actually felt good while running!

Hurrah! To new running shoes 😀