What a fantastic experience - my very first race. It was very emotional. I loved the aerobic warm-up, it really set me up for the race. My husband, mum and mum-in-law were there rooting for me, and I've got some pics too.
About half a km into the race, I was panting (it's what I do to control my breathing - means I don't get puffed out at the end) as I overtook 3 walkers, and one of them piped up 'listen to her, somebody give her a balloon!'. I just kept running and ignored her, but doesn't it make you sick that at an event like that there can be such pettiness?
A couple of times I considered taking a walk break, which I didn't really want to do, so I was chanting under my breath in time to my plods 'walking's not an option, walking's not an option'. It worked, because I ran it all, and crossed the line with a PB of 37.12.
Needless to say I blubbed. Nice goodybag at the end, and I felt brilliant.
My father-in-law, who's recovering from cancer, has kept my pink 'in celebration of Dad Smith' think, and he's tuck it on the wall.
All in all a fantastic day, and I'm going for a fun run in 3 weeks!!!
One tip. If you intend to run the course, try to get to the front before the off, as it's very crowded and impossible to run at first.
Good luck to everyone else.
P.S. Raised £321 for Cancer Research.