I really hadn’t run very much after the London Marathon, partly because I was so busy, but also because I just wasn’t that bothered. I needed to get another event under belt but wasn’t sure what to do next. Luckily a chance came up o repreent the RAF Benevolent Fund through work, so I jumped at the chance.
I trained, but I didn’t do too much, for some reason I still couldn’t get going with my running and before I knew it I was only two weeks away from the run. Sweatshop had a sale on and the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante’s were part of it so I picked a pair in the hope it would give me yet another excuse to get going, and it sort of helped, I got some miles under my belt and I felt a bit more confident about the event.
It felt really good laying out my kit for an event and I went to bed on the Saturday night quite excited about the next day.
As I arrived at Embankment station I was actually looking forward to catching up with the rest of the team and getting to the start line. The trouble with the previous British 10k’s was that you were left waiting around for ages and desperately needing the loo minutes before the race with nowhere to go!
Thankfully the event was organised much better this year giving runners a final chance to go just near the start.
The run started quite well, I wanted a sub hour, and I was feeling confident two kilometres in. As I got closer to the first water station disaster struck, I managed to stand on a full water bottle and twisted my ankle, I managed to keep going but I was in a fair bit of discomfort for the rest of the race.
I was really disappointed to finish in 1:01:43 but it was a British 10k PB for me and completed my hat trick for the event. The route wasn’t great, there was too much turning back on yourself and having to run past the finish with 2km to go isn’t the most motivating!
The 82 runners for the RAFBF raised nearly £19,000 which is awesome and I was glad I could do something to help. I’ll probably be back running for Special Effect again next year, but a huge thanks to Laura for all of her brilliant efforts to get everyone together!