With Becky T at the start line of Leicester’s Big 10km
The final day of the 5×50 Challenge!! Well, sort of. I missed Day 40 because I was working all day at the elections, so I’m going to squeeze in an extra activity tomorrow. But today was the official end of the challenge, and I went out in style!
First some background: when I was doing the 5×50 Challenge last year, I got added to a Facebook group of women who were also taking part in the challenge. They were friends and friends-of-friends of my friend Ruth (if that makes sense!), many of whom live in Lincolnshire, and most of whom I don’t actually know in real life. The group was set up so we could all encourage and motivate one another as we completed our 5kms every day, and it was so brilliant that we kept it going and renamed the group “Totally Awesome in Trainers”, or TAITs for short! After last year’s 5×50 we helped each other through Juneathon 2014, and have taken it in turns to set little monthly challenges for the group to keep us all inspired to keep fit and live healthy.
At the finish line, sporting our Leciester’s Big 10km finisher’s shirts.
Anyway, we decided as a group to do 5×50 again this year, and because some of us live in Warwickshire and others in Lincolnshire, I thought it would be a great idea for us to meet up somewhere approximately half way to do a run together. Fortuitously, today, the last day of the Challenge, was Leicester’s Big 10km, and Leicester happens to be almost precisely equidistant between Alcester and Lincoln!
As it turned out, only me and Becky Turner (pictured) could make it – others have been injured or had other commitments (or hangovers in birthday girl Ruth’s case! :-P), but although there were only two of us, it was great to meet up with Becky (who I had actually met a few times before as we briefly worked together), and it turns out we’re pretty well-matched running buddies! We were both aiming for a similar PB time so decided to run together as far as possible – we ended up sticking together the whole way round and crossed the finish line together. I came in at 54:01, while Becky pipped me by a second to finish in chip time of dead-on 54 mins – a fab achievement and new PBs for both of us!
I don’t think I could have gone any faster, but I definitely would’ve gone slower if it hadn’t been for Becky. Her husband, two daughters and two dogs also cheered us on, which was very much appreciated! Thanks Team Becky!
Here’s my Strava activity: annoyingly my Garmin recorded the distance as only 6 miles, not 6.2 – but I’m assuming the course was measured correctly so I’m still counting it as a PB!
So, that’s five races in five months done! I’m hopefully going to do the Whale Ale Relay on the 29th June, but that’s “only” a 2-mile leg per team member 🙂 My next bigger challenge is another 10km race, the Two Castles on the 21st June. It’s a hilly race I’ve done twice before, but I’ll be looking to chip away at the PB again!