I took part in my first serious race since 2004, the Brig Bash 5. It was the first time I've taken part in a race that wasn't a mass participation event so there was no hiding in a crowd of people dressed as fairies or Superman. It was the first time I've ever run for a club and the first time I've taken part in a championship race. So a load of firsts!
I wasn't really sure if I wanted to do the event. I know I can run 5 miles, I'm just slow and steady. I'd checked the previous 2 years' race results and quickly realised I'd probably be the last runner. But I'm trying not to compare myself to all the fab runners I know so quietly decided I'd do it. I only told 2 people and Gordy who came with me to be my support.
We arrived in torrential rain with accompanying thunder and lightning. I nearly went back home! But I reminded myself of why I'm doing this and duly registered. Then the nervous wait for the start.
8 other Harriers were running and they were kind enough to be encouraging and not express surprise at my presence.
204 runners set off and I quickly settled into the rear of the field. For the first mile I could easily see runners in front of me but they quickly pulled away. I didn't mind and set about running my own race. I know where I've been and how I got here. I'm learning to be happy being "upright, outside and running" It wasn't until one of the marshals shouting encouragement to me that I realised I wasn't last! That was all the motivation I needed.
I finished in 203rd position in a time of 57m 24s. I'll never break records but it was a HUGE improvement on my last 5 mile run. And Gordy shouting "Well done Mum!" as I crossed the line really made me smile. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it at the time but I'm enjoying the satisfaction of completing a race. And I earned a club championship point.
And I wasn't last! :-)