After Su and I shook on the marathon deal one of the first people I contacted was Vikki. I've known her for years and a couple of years ago she got into keeping fit by running, kayaking and cycling. She is now the fittest person I know and a real inspiration. I messaged Vikki through Facebook and explained I wanted to start running. She was a great source of encouragement and advice. Through FB Su, Vikki and I became our own little running squad...who just never ran together.
|Before the race (I'm the one in pink).|
On the 25th of July we met outside Finsbury Park station with my boyfriend James and Vikki's son FredE as our official bag carriers and photographers.
Of course the first thing to do on arrival at the park was to join the queue for the toilets, we then did a little stretching and watched as a crowd of women joined in the warm up that we decided would be too exhausting. There was a great atmosphere, two ladies in pjamas and curlers, rabbit eared women and generally a wash of pink over the park. Vikki confessed to trying not to read the backplates that stated who people were running for. I read a few and then agreed it was probably best not to - so many people of all ages affected by cancer. At least we were doing something about it - between us we'd raised £305 on justgiving and in our places of work.
|Finding it hard going!|
The last 1k was hard, I hadn't eaten properly, or drunk enough water the previous day (due to going 2 hours to Swindon and then back again in a car) and since a sleep study at the hospital on Wednesday I had barely slept. If nothing else this made me realise us runners need to look after our bodies; we need food, water and sleep - without it we cannot function properly.
|The finish line.|
|My first finisher's medal!|