Last Sunday I woke up early as I was heading to London to take part in the London Winter Run.
The forecast was cold and sunny intervals, and luckily no rain. After a short commute on tube, I climbed the stairs to the Trafalgar Square. It was already buzzing, full of excited runners and spectators.
After getting an extra warm snowman hug, I went for a nice warm up lead by Nuffield Health on the main square. It was lovely to be surrounded by some many runners who were taking part in this cool work out.
Soon we were told to get into groups according to the colours on our bibs. The excitement was getting even stronger.
A bit of queening and some artificial snow to add to the atmosphere. Then I spotted the lovely Olympic Gold Medallist Amy Williams, whom I have had a chance to meet and run with a few weeks ago. That has put a smile on my face and I was even more ready for my 10km winter run.
I have said it many times before, I do not consider myself a fast runner, and mostly enjoy much longer runs. On that day I felt so good, and was running through the streets of central London. It reminded me a bit when I ran the actual London Marathon back in 2011.
After about 2 km I checked my pace and realised I was running faster than usually, and was a bit worried that I would run out of energy. Despite that I did not slow down. It just felt right, and I was actually getting faster and faster. It felt amazing. When I crossed the line, my sports watch showed me I ran my fastest 10 km in 52 minutes.
Cancer Research Uk
While running I had a little emotional moment and tears. I remembered my dad whom we lost to cancer a few years ago, and was wishing he was there. Then my mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 2 years ago, and luckily beat this horrible illness.
She is actually coming to stay with us this Friday, and cannot wait to show her my medal from the race. It was so great to see how many people care about this topic and how much money has been raised. Every little helps, so please donate to Cancer Research UK.
After receiving my medal, we were offered some Vita Coco water and some post race Optimum Nutrition Protein Whipped Bite Chocolate Bars. I have taken part in quite a few races, but have to say that this is one of the best organised and most enjoyable I have ever run.
If you would like to take part next year, you can get on the 2019 priority list so you don’t miss out!