“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius
I’ve done it! I’ve just booked my motivation. I am now entered into the She Runs Windsor 10k on bank holiday Monday, 6th May 2013. I am so excited!
I must admit, I was a little intimidated by the 10K in under 2 hours part – mostly because I don’t use Kilometres, and didn’t know how many miles that was!
I may not be a runner, or a jogger, but I am an avid walker, and so on Sunday I decided to test out the route to see exactly what it entailed. Yesterday marked only 1 week since I returned from my stay with Chris, and I figured a nice long walk to mark the beginning of spring would be the perfect antidote to the sadness I was feeling. Oh boy, I was right!
Yes, it was still a little cold, but when that wind stopped every now and then, you could feel the warmth of the strengthening sun, and it was a beautiful sensation. It was even more motivation, knowing that I would be outside a whole lot more now, and could appreciate the beauty of spring in every stage. (Unfortunately, I cannot take my Nikon with me as it’s not very convenient to run with! So, I brought along my mum’s little camera, which still allows me to capture what I’m witnessing, if a little more grainy.)
And so, on Sunday, I began at The York Club (between the 6 and 7), and went clockwise around the “circle” back to The York Club, then continued on again and back to George III Statue, and then down the long walk – the start of the race is actually near the top of the long walk, which is 2.3 miles (3.7km) in total.
So, In 1 hour 57 minutes and 58 seconds, I completed a total of 8.4 miles (13.5km) – 5.7 walking and 2.7 jogging. I hope I don’t sound too big headed when I say I was proud of myself. I couldn’t quite believe that I am already well within the time limit, and I’m not even completely running it yet – I still have 9 weeks to train!!
Well, as I bet some of you are thinking, I woke up this morning and felt like I had been beaten up! But, do you know what? I still have tonnes of enthusiasm, and probably even more now I know that this is a real possibility for me to do well.
I will be sure to post updates as I go, and take lots of pictures as spring takes a hold of the Queen’s back garden.
And for those of you feeling particularly charitable, I would be ever so grateful of a donation to my fundraising page – I am raising money for the wonderful Cancer Research UK charity 🙂
Until next time …