The one with another list
So what have I learnt after my first 10k road race …
1. Preparation is key. Drinking a bottle of red the evening before was perhaps not my best idea. In my defence my in laws came for dinner, I stopped drinking at 8:15, drank lots of water before bed and was asleep by 10 pm.
2. Be more confident in my own ability. I started the race at the back and was 330 out of 353 to cross the start line. I finished in 244 place. I could probably have started a little further forward and it may have helped me at the start where I struggled to get past other runners.
3. I still don’t like pictures of me running but I don’t hate them as much as I did.
4. I like having family there to cheer me on. The girls smile as I headed towards the finish line spurred me on to run a bit faster.
5. This running and racing lark is a bit addictive and I’ve signed up to a few more. I run faster and push myself more … and do better than I thought I ever could.
6. I sometimes get annoyed with other runners. I don’t say anything to them, just speed up and try and get past them! There were a number of runners yesterday with lots of things in their pockets and all I could hear was their money clacking together.
7. I need to stop running in my cap. I use it to hide, so no one can see me. But, my head gets so hot and it can get a bit distracting. When I’ve worked out how to tame my fringe, the hat goes!
8. I live in a hilly town! The race went along the river and across bridges, up and down steps and up inclines I didn’t know existed in the town! My legs burned but I pretty much ran it all.
9. I am a bit competitive. I know my limits but I overtook someone I don’t particularly like and was determined to stay ahead of them. I finished about a minute ahead in the end.
10. I thoroughly enjoyed it … and want to do it all again!!!