After a late night and a cider too many we were up at last the minute and out of the house 15 minutes later Parkrun bound! I was very glad not to be running this morning and just supporting Doug at his first Parkrun and furthest running distance this year!!
We then had a fairly restful day in which I grew steadily more tetchy as race time got closer. I had a go at listening to my Sports performance hypnosis in the bath but the bubbles interfered with my ability to get into a trance. But I did feel very calm after the bath so it may have penetrated my mind with thoughts of extreme focus, discipline and ability.
I arrived at race HQ nice and early collected my number 145, milled around for a while and then headed for the start with Kate. The weather kindly changed for the evening and we had a slightly overcast but rain free run. For the first 2 miles Kate and I worked together and then I felt Kate go, I was running on my own. It was a good run with bad bits!! I worked with a guy from Cheltenham Harriers at around mile 4 and he pulled me along for a while before showing me his heals. I saw him again at mile 10 and once again we worked together untill the point I could not summon anything more and I saw those heals again!
I’ve never wanted to see a car park as much as I did tonight! I turned the corner into the car park and crossed the line in 1hr 37 mins and 19 seconds. I was very pleased that I was 90’seconds faster than when I last did the run in 2012 and winning 2 prizes was great too. I won my age category and we won the team prize!!
I am now shattered and will sleep well I’m sure. It looks like the hypnosis may have done the trick!!!
Not sure what my Juneathon stats are but the overview is:
I’m doing it , I’ve done it, still doing it
Here to Hilly halfs, Juneathon and hypnosis Whoop Whoop!!