My First 5k

I don’t tend to make new year’s resolutions, but this year I set myself 12 things to do by the end of 2012. They’re the sort of things I’ve been meaning to do for a while but never get round to and, five months in, I’ve got to say I’m doing alright (I’ve completed at least five, so one a month ain’t bad).

Every year for the past, well, too long… I’ve said I’m going to do a 5k run for charity. But I always leave it too late to train and just give up. This year I thought I’d get a head start with training in January but soon discovered that my little legs (and poor asthmatic lungs) weren’t as fit as they used to be, so I enrolled in bootcamp for three months and took up running at least once a week, slowly building up from a walk/jog to being able to run for a couple of miles without feeling like I was going to pass out. Progress!

And today was the true test of all my training as I took part in the 5k Race for Life at Stockport’s Woodbank Park. The event is in aid of Cancer Research UK and supports the brilliant work they do to find new, more effective treatments (and one day, hopefully, a cure) for cancer.

20120527-195805.jpgPre-race (told you I have little legs)

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The main colour of the event is pink, so I had to co-ordinate my nails (of course!)

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And just to prove that I did finish… here’s my medal.

I wasn’t really aiming for a time but I usually seem to do it in about 35 minutes in training, so you can imagine my shock when I was on the home straight and saw the clock at 27 minutes. I summoned up all my energy and managed to cross the line in 0:27:43 – a pretty respectable time for me. I also managed to keep up with most of the people I set off with and only had to stop to walk off a stitch twice.

After ten minutes’ rest I was like “I wanna go round again!” It’s such a buzz. But I’m just going to have to wait because, this 5k was just part of my training – I’m now signed up to do a 10k in September!!

If you’d like to donate to Cancer Research, you can sponsor me for today’s eventĀ here, or I’ll be posting details of the next event soon.

Thanks to everyone who helped me reach my first fundraising target and encouraged me along the way.

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