Me - "shurrupp!"
That was the alarm ringing at 4am for me to get up and out for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Peterborough for a half marathon!
Thankfully as the World Cup Rugby has been on very early I was getting good practise in for early jumps out of bed..but usually onto the sofa and under a duvet!
Enough rambling, the day had arrived to put into practise some of the things that worked for me last weekend for Shine. I had been hydrating and carbing up all day yesterday. So today I just had to top up with a glass of water, and my dissolved bee pollen. Have 3 oatibix for breakfast, and a protein drink.
I was also doing this run as a Naked Duck - it was Damian's show, so to speak. I was a Duck incognito, not stealing the ducklight. Also, I had about 10 Nakd bars on me so I was also very much a Nakd Duck!
In the car I had a sports drink to sip on as I drove, and nibble on some home made flapjack, 2 Nakd bars and 9seed bar.
I had also packed a recovery drink and protein drink, plus Trek bar to eat in the car for the journey home!
Took me 2 1/2hrs to do the 120 mile trip. Got out for a stretch and light jog around the car park to recover from sitting and driving.
Becky then arrived, as did the rest of TeamVC and Damian. Damian was doing this half marathon in a 25kg bomb disposal suit, part of his Bombsuit Challenge. Digger was also wearing full battle dress and carrying a 55lb bergen/rucksack to keep him company.
I christened us Team VC as our fund raising is for The Veterans Charity, predominantly through Damian's "Bombsuit Challenge". But of couse, this was also part of my own agenda leading up to the Forces march, for my own Veterans Charity fund raising.
A little aside here and the reason why I drove so far for this event - Damian and Digger are also doing the Forces March next year, with me. The Perkins GER organisers deemed it essential that Damian would need ten people to support him for healthy & safety reasons. So I volunteered. It would also be the first time of meeting Damian and Digger, too. This proved an invaluable meeting for so many reasons. Whilst running with Digger we chatted about the Forces March. I got the opportunity to learn about his experience and get some great tips. Training on the hoof in the middle of a marathon! Worth the journey, being a part of this half marathon and being a part of the fantastic support team.
The team moved straight onto Cathedral Square. Met the rest of Team VC, watched Damian get interviewed by the BBC, plus we all did team photo poses.
Poor Digger got caught up in bad traffic and arrived half an hour before we all due to race off.
Prior to us setting off I did a final pitstop, and hoped I wasn't going to need a wee enroute.
Also had a final Nakd Bar for energy, but didn't want to eat too much as I hate getting stitch!
In my bumbag I had some jelly beans and the GF Nakd bars, plus a sports bottle of energy sports drink (powder one from Decathlon).
We set off with the fun run Runners, half an hour ahead of the main marathon runnners, as requested by the Race organisers, for healthy & safety and also it was anticipated Damian would need a little more time.
I was slightly ahead of the Team VC, chatting to Digger. After a couple of miles of striding through a fast pace, as a team, Digger needed to keep up a faster pace, finding his own natural rythmn and as I was already supporting him by his side at this point, I increased my pace so he also had continued support. So now I am running lightly alongside this awesome man running with his 55lb pack! I just had a small bum bag weighing, oh, a mere half kilo of jelly beans and Nakd Bars!
Through out our run together, we kept an eye behind us on the Main Event, Bomb Suit Man! In our wake we left people eager for his run through! Digger and I had fun as a comedy duo singing and shouting along with the enthusiastic crowd of onlookers. I felt an enormous swell of pride as runners passing by, and onlookers, shouted out to Digger "Respect" and "well done" for his effort of running with that pack. I was enormously touched when Digger paid the highest compliment saying "Do you know what an amzing woman you are!". Actually no, I hadn't really thought about it. But then I realised after 6 miles, I was now in my "no-duck land" of running for longer and further than I had ever done before!
I can only credit my ability to do that run to my bee pollen, Kettlercise training, stubborness, and good attitude to sensible diet and training plan and also get up towalk about ache free the next day!
Digger and I have an official time of 2hrs 49mins for crossing the finish line, but we did start with the fun run Runners. We also walked initially so our slow time then may have a bearing on our chip time. Regardless of time, we both finished an amazing event, with the best support I have ever witnessed and been a part of. A big thankyou Quack to Peterborough and the wonderful organisation of the Perkins Great Eastern Run.
Took me 2 1/2 hours to drive home. A littl stiff after that journey so I had quick 5 minute run around the block to release the muscles,joints and ligaments. Husband had done me proud by cooking the best "recovery" meal I could have hoped for - eggs, bacon, baked beans and waffles!
2 glasses of wine polished me off for the day and a much needed early night to bed was had.
This story has a fairy tale ending too. Becky stayed with Damian, and the rest of Team VC to see him across the finish line (Digger and I went back to see them in for the final half mile). On the finish line Damian dropped down to one knee, got out a ring, and presented it to his girlfriend, Sam (running as support wiht Team VC too) and proposed. She said Yes, and all of this was captured on BBC East :0)
Yay! I salute Team VC, Digger, Damian and of course Veterans Charity - as we did it all for you!
A big thankyou to my dear friend Becky Smith who I coerced into another event. She is running with me on our next event..The Great South Run..whatta Girl :0)
And just for the record, I was up and out of bed at 6.00am on monday walking dogs, running with the horses, without a single ache or pain. Loving my body getting fitter - nearly an elite athlete??
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