I've never run at an organised event before, and the run on the Tuesday before (with a few colleagues from work) was the first time I'd even run with other people. I didn't know what to expect at all; would I be able to run the whole distance, would there be other people stopping to walk, would I be constantly overtaken, would I be able to keep pace with Nicole - and so on.
We lined up nervously at the start point - I glugged so much water in preparation that I started to really urgently need the loo (TMI?), which was pretty worrying as I knew I wouldn't get to go for about an hour! The run was organised in stages, with the fastest runners going first. Seeing them all sprinting off the starting line made me even more nervous - most of the people there seemed like professional runners, looking very fit and with all the right running gear (we saw lots of running club vests and people running for charity). My stomach growled loudly as we moved towards the starting line. There'd been no shops open to get breakfast and I'd assumed there'd be somewhere to buy a banana or something small in the Park - not so, it was all burgers and ice cream (not top of my wants list at 9am when I'm about to run five miles).
Sir Chris Hoy was at the starting line waving everyone on, and we watched the second wave of runners waving and smiling at the cameras. Then it was our turn to go - waving as we ran past and grinning at the cameras, hoping Tom would be able to see us on the big video screens from his seat back in the Stadium (he didn't!)
Here is a very sweaty but chuffed me posing post-race. I can't say it's the best photo of me that's ever been taken, but hey, I just ran five miles in 23 degree heat, give me a break yeah? :)
Do you run? Have you ever been to an organised run or run a race or marathon?