We did it, we finished the Great Yorkshire Run 10K yesterday. I wasn’t sure that I would finish when we were at the 8km mark but thanks to Adam I did.
Yesterday morning Adam and I were up early to get a train, or 2, to Sheffield for the Great Yorkshire Run. Our wave was due to start at 10.21 am as we were in the last group of starters. Just as well as I didn’t really want to drive and we only decided to enter about 5 weeks ago so we couldn’t get a hotel for Saturday night. So it was the 8 am train to Doncaster and then the 9.13 am train to Sheffield. Next year I’m entering earlier and staying in Sheffield overnight so I don’t have to get up at 6.30 am on a Sunday!
The run was going well until we got to the 5 km mark and my son said he needed to go to the toilet. OK, I could do with going too and they had put about 5 porta-loos at the turn-around point (about 5.5 km). This would have been great because running with a full bladder is not pleasant, however after taking about 7 or 8 minutes to wait for and go to the loo my legs didn’t want to run again. Next time, I don’t care if I am the last starter, we are both going to the toilet just before we are due to cross the start line, not half an hour before!
We finished in a time of 1:16:05, which considering we went to the loo wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be. Especially as I couldn’t breathe properly at the 8 km mark and had to reduce the running down to 2 minutes run 1 minute walk instead of the 5 minutes run we have been doing. I don’t want to make excuses but I was also on day 2 or 3 (I can’t remember, I still have cotton wool head) of a cold and really shouldn’t have been running at all. I didn’t want to let Adam.
There was a flyer in our goodie bag at the end for the Leeds Abbey Dash in November and my son now wants to do that one too! I must be a glutton for punishment because I’ve agreed to look into it.