Physiotherapist from Physio-logical takes part in the Great South Run
Blog Image from The News – The Simplyhealth Great South Run 2018 Southsea
I am pleased to announce that I completed the Great South Run (GSR) on Sunday, my time was 1 hour 31 minutes which was a PB as last year my time was 1 hour 34 minutes.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me, I will announce the total I raised after I have completed Gosport Half Marathon which is in 4 weeks, but so far I have raised in the region of £500 for a great cause the Rowans Hospice.
Here is my sponsorship page if you would like to donate – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/physio-logical
On the Day
Everything was prepared the night before, the alarm went off at 6.30am and we left early at 7.30am to beat the rush!
We managed to get parked ok near Canoe Lake then walked down to the start line. It was a gorgeous morning.
Myself, my friend Jenny (from Denmead Striders) and my husband were all running.
We went straight to the Rowans Hospice tent where we were looked after very well, snacks and drinks were provided. It was lovely to chat with all the Rowans Hospice Volunteers, they were all really friendly.
Next off to the bag drop and then my husband went off to do his warm up and to the start line, he is a lot faster than me! He set himself a challenge to run in under 1 hour 15 mins then he would put up his sponsorship page, again for Rowans hospice after the event. He completed the GSR in a speedy 1 hour 8 mins. I was really proud of him and I’m sure his mum would have been proud of him too (which is why we were both running for Rowans as they cared for her so well at the Rowans Hospice earlier this year).
Then myself and Jenny had a wander around the stalls stocking up on tasty healthy snacks!
It was our turn to head to the start line for our warm up now.
Warm up was completed and then we were off.
So last year being my first time there was no pressure, I enjoyed it, high fiving all the children along the way.
This year I knew it would be different as I am a competitive person! Prior to the race I told myself just to enjoy it and not worry about the time, but once we set off I immediately started looking at my watch!!
The weather was gorgeous, so hot and sunny, if anything I was too hot!!
It was lovely to see some friendly faces and support along the way from some fellow Denmead Striders, Tiffany from MSE Fitness and all the other marshals too.
The atmosphere was as amazing as it was last year with singers, bands, DJ, and loads of charities and members of the public giving their support along the way too.
I was aware of the speed bumps after mile 7 this year as unfortunately I had a little fall on the speed bump last year, luckily I didn’t hurt myself though.
I did find the run harder this year as me and Jenny kept pushing and kept each other going. We both got a PB’s which was great. Whereas last year I finished feeling I could have pushed more, this year I felt like I gave it my all.
All in all it was a great day, lovely weather, company, great support and atmosphere as it was last year so thank you to everyone who made the GSR such a memorable day.
So some people may ask what training I did to prepare for the GSR – please see my last blog about my preparation. Now I need to put in a few more long runs in preparation for Gosport Half in 4 weeks!
If you would like to support me by donating to my chosen charity Rowans Hospice then please donate via my just giving page.
Thank you to all the people who have donated so far.