First I must apologise for my lack of posts…life just got in the way and SO much has happened!!
As you have possibly gathered from the title change is afoot in my household! I have only 7 shifts left at the hospital and then I shall join the fabulous team that is The Joshua Tree, the charity I am raising money for by doing my Running to 40 Challenge. I shall be part of a team setting up an essential support service for children and their families, whose lives have been affected by Cancer or Leukaemia! I am incredibly excited, it is going to be an amazing project to be part of and will have such a positive impact on those we help!!
Secondly, I have completed my first challenge, The Major Series, and threw a surprise 10k in the mix too, which was brilliant!!
The Major Series – featuring Sarah Murray-Smyth and Claire Duncan.
I have never laughed so hard for so long whilst all of my orifices fill with Mud!! This was my chosen 5k challenge when I set out on my mission to get fit before I hit 40! It was a great choice! Apart from difficulty finding the venue (satnav opted for cross country route…tricky in a Corsa) and then actually locating the start point it is an event I would gladly repeat!
We were the last wave at 1130, there were about 50 or so of us, (I am actually rubbish as guessing numbers so who knows) and we all did a bit of a warm up (Burpees included) and all we had to remember was to turn left at the top of the hill, easy!! The first 1.5k was straight running, up hill, down dale but no great shakes! First obstacle we think should have been an ice foot bath but, due to the unseasonal heat, it had melted so we got off lightly! Next we queued in a stream, after a run through a forest, why queue in a stream? Well obviously so that you can commando crawl under a load of barbed wire at the given point. Now, here’s where I discovered my lack of ability to keep both my head and and my bottom down, with near disastrous consequences, that barbed wire was really sharp! So, after having to put my face in the stream to avoid being unhooked by one of the British Military Fitness guys, a fate worthy of Bridget Jones, I clambered out, up the muddy bank, intact! Phew! Sarah and Claire were close behind and we were off in pursuit of our next hurdle, only slowed down by our attempt at a running photo (S and C) which ended with them both in heap on the floor!
The Wall, not in the Marathon sense of a wall, but a whole, real stone wall, with a big(ish) drop on the other side. Sarah got the prize for the most stylish combat roll off this one! Next, a wooden wall with lots of mud as a landing spot, deep thick mud, churned up by all the previous ‘waves’! Please God, let my shoes stay on!! After this came water after water obstacle, kind of lost count, especially when we met 2 girls who were filthy, we looked passable at this point, who decided we were too clean!
So, now filthy, with mud everywhere, we continued, our trainers now feeling like they had a forest floor in them! As the course progressed the water got deeper and the mud thicker and there was a big, slippy hill to conquer to! The Stench Trench was the final mud/water hazard, and it lived up to its name! The end of the race was a little disappointing as the water had been turned off the big slide that really marked the end of the obstacles, except for the paint balling men you had to get past. And then a short run to the finish line. Times were not important, good job as I clocked up 1 hour 31 minutes, having fun and completing the course was and I am proud to say we all did!!
My first 10k, Run Winsford, which was actually the week before The Major Series, totally took me by surprise, almost as much as my husbands ex-wife turning up at the start line did! (She was there to support the eldest, Lauren, who I was doing it with). I signed up very last minute, the Thursday as the race was on the Sunday, but thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the heat and the fact that I’d only run that far once before, on the Wednesday!! It was a beautiful course and very well organised, I would definitely do it again but think it clashes with Equinox 24 run next year… But that’s a story for a different day!
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