Saturday 21st June was the Women’s Running 10km in Southampton.. And seriously, if you ran it, give yourself a round of applause. That was a tough race!
Not only was it very hot – made worse by the late start time of 11am, but it was a fairly tough course. That incline straight up through The Common is a killer so doing it two & a half times is physically & mentally tough!
Personally I had a shocker! I’d planned to stay with the 55 minute pacer to try and get close to my Eastleigh 10km time.. I lost her about 4.5km and then got passed by the 60 minute pacer at 8km.. I finished bang on 60 minutes and am starting to think my 53:59 at Eastleigh was a mistake in their timing!!!
Time aside, I experienced immense humiliation! There I was running up through the centre of The Common when a clapping sound got my attention.. It seemed to be coming from me but I couldn’t work it out.. It wasn’t my race number, I didn’t have my vas & car key tapping together in my shorts pocket… Maybe it was a stone in the bottom of my shoe..
Then it dawned on me. My lovely new shorts had ‘adjusted’ themselves slightly – with the help of my mumtum – and the clapping I could hear was, in fact, my stomach… Oh the abject horror & humiliation! Ok, it wasn’t visible but I KNEW what was going on. And with every step there was an audible reminder that I’m still so very far from being in shape! Suddenly all the progress I thought I’d made with taming the godforsaken tummy melted away (unlike the offending tummy!).
It has not made for a happy post race weekend!!
On a positive note, I had a brilliant final 200m racing a lady called Shirley. She was over the moon at her finish time and that we’d had such a fabulous push to the finish. Fellow Hedgie Claire came in first & the Hedgies retain their crown as the friendliest, most supportive club.. We got some strange looks from another club when we were madly screaming our runners home!
A day on and my legs ache like I’ve run a half!! Thankfully it was a good medal & goody bag.. It goes some way to make up for the harsh personal realities and dodgy sunburn I’ve had to deal with!!