Yesterday I completed my first 10k and I literally have been buzzing from the sense of achievement all day! Heres how my day went…
Titanic 10K Belfast
8 am Got up with my two baby girls and did breakfast time! I had a huge bowl of porridge and banana to start me off with a cup of hot water and lemon.
MidMorning Drinking lots of water and watching The London Marathon and feeling really inspired by all the fantastic athletes and gaining lots of motivation for the day ahead.
12 noon Got ready in to my running gear making sure I had taken my Juice Plus, my toe nails were cut down, my hair wasn’t going to annoy me and that my playlist was on my iphone ready to go!
12.45 My gorgeous friend Nichola dropped me down to The Titanic quarter which was great to distract me from my nerves. Scoffed two Nutragrain Bars and drank a bottle of Lucozade sport
Mid Afternoon Picked up my Race Pack drank some more, went for a pee about 6 times lol
1.45 Went to the group warm up facilitated by an amazing team from Fitness First Belfast who were really energetic and got me warmed up pumped up and ready to go!
2.15 At the starting line scared and exited popped my headphones in (I was listening to Ministry Of Sound Running Trax Xtra 5k and 10k edition) focused on my breathing and off I went….
The first 3k I stayed really slow and steady warming my body up and getting used to the conditions lol in usual Irish weather it was 4 seasons in one hour and it went from Roasting to Windy rainy and cold in a matter of minutes I was really exited to see the 3k sign so I knew where I was and what I had to stay focused on
After 5k I started to flag a bit I was really hot and after picking up the pace from 3k to 5k I slowed again until I got to the water stop at 6k drank a glass and chucked the other over my head as as if by a miracle it got cooler and windier and I felt back on form and kept repeating you can do this to myself .
I kept my pace really well though at this point my butt muscles were on fire ha ha for another 2k and then slowed again letting me recover a little so I could give it a bit of welly in the last 1k
My playlist started to help me pick my my pace and I started getting so exited about seeing the finishing line I was running and smiling and was getting so much encouragement from the lovely volunteers and I just could wait to see my husband and girls at the end of it all I was so emotional ha ha
3.17 I came though the finish line and heard the announcer call my name through the tannoy. My legs went to jelly at first and I could bearly speak for the first few seconds but I just jumped up and down and a really nice old man shook my hand and said well done, I just replied 62 min eeeeeeeeeeekkkk (he must have thought I was mental) I am so proud of my self I had set myself the challenge of doing it in 1 Hr so two min over aint half bad I couldn’t be happier!
After a trip to the bouncy castle with Ellie we took a stroll in to the city center and I got treated to the biggest cheese toasty ever a lovely finish to a great day!
I made sure to have a big Radox salts bath later on last night to rest my weary muscles. I woke up this morning feeling great no stiffness
I really cant wait to do another big run now and am more than determined to beat my times.
Big Thanks to all my lovely friends and family who encouraged me before and congratulated me after It might seem like a little hill for some people but to me this is the first of many mountains I have to climb, without support it’s a much harder challenge!