The alarm clock went off at 6.30am this morning, reminding me I needed to be in London for 8am ready to run the Nike British 10k.
|Top: my finishers medal. Bottom: the start line|
By 9.30am we were amongst the crowds making our way to the start line ready to run 10k for the second time ever, first time in an official race.
We were kept entertained by Heather Small singing “Proud”, and Reggie Yates on the decks until 10.05am when we crossed the start line!
It was a pretty flat course; the only thing really against us being the crowds of thousands and the rain! During the 5th and 6th kilometres the rain fell so hard I couldn’t see for the water and salt from my sweat in my eyes! This wasn’t helped by the fact that I wore non waterproof eyebrow pencil and mascara!! Don’t ask me what I was thinking!
For me, the final kilometre was the most difficult. By this time my legs were holding me back, but my mind was strong and my cardiovascular system was capable. However, turning the corner and seeing the finish line is enough to motivate you for the final push to the end! Saving some energy to pose for the cameras at the finish line too!!
We finished the race in a respectable 1:05:52 and I’m very proud of Alicia and I for this! Thanks to everyone who cheered me on via Facebook, twitter, Nike+ and the British 10k app!
We are off to celebrate at the Nike Fuel Fest this evening; an exclusive event being held at Battersea Power station with Tinie Tempah headlining!
As they say… no rest for the wicked.