It's been a while since I've written a general chit chat blog post (my last post was back in April which is crazy!) You may have noticed the new redesign on the blog, I decided to revamp it all a few weeks back to freshen it all up after a 3 years of writing!
So if you've read before, I am a couch to 5k runner and the running bug has definitely bitten and latched onto me the past few months. As I'm off to university in a few months, I decided to make a list of things I wanted to do before I leave in September. On the list was buying my web domain (check!) and running a 10k race.
The maximum distance I had ran was about 5.5 miles, so 6.2 miles shouldn't be too much of a challenge if I put my mind to it. I run with an incredible group of runners in Royston and I was chatting about my 10k challenge and I was given a few ideas which ones to take part in.
A few ladies were doing the Race for Life 10k and after looking into it, I finally decided to sign up!
The Race for Life also felt like a good option to take part in for a few reasons: 1) it was local and around the city of Cambridge 2) my mum ran this exact race about 10 years ago and 3) in was in aid of Cancer Research UK.
I wanted to help support Cancer Research and decided to set up a fundraising page (you can read about my reason to take part here: fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/graces-fundraising-page-143) and I set myself a goal of £200 to raise for Cancer Research UK
The nerves were starting to set in around 9.30am but we soon met with my lovely running friends and after embarrassing ourselves in a entertaining warmup - we were ready to set off!
The course was mostly flat and it went round some incredible sites of Cambridge. Through the market square, the college, the back streets and up & down the canal. As you may know, Cambridge is very busy at the best of times, so you can imagine the response we got when 4,000+ women were running up the street in pink!
The first 5k was really fun, it was busy & lots of people were cheering, however when the second 5k came along it became quite quiet - luckily I wasn't alone when running the second 5k!
I completed the race in 1hr 18mins which is a PB for me! I am still extremely proud of myself and I raised a whopping £300 in total for Cancer Research UK - which I hope will help get one step closer in finding a cure someday.
I'd like to thank all of my wonderful sponsors - you definitely helped me get me round the course!
See you in the next blog post,