When you only have one race free weekend in the whole of September what do you do? Enjoy the down time? Put your feet up? Embrace the chance to have a rest? Apparently not me. In fairness, weekends are not the holy grail of leisure time they used to be while I’m not working, but whatever my reasoning, I found myself looking up races during the week, desperate for something to add to the list.
What I found was a fairly local 10k run, that was still accepting on-line entries, so I asked my hubby if he fancied joining me on a little road run, and we signed up at the last minute to the Hellingly 10k.
The start line was an 800m walk from the car park and the finish, but it was a pleasant walk, then we were off, running down quiet roads, it was threatening to rain, but it was warm running, and then we hit the hills. The race was described as undulating, but to me the uphill sections felt endless, and I was struggling, my running has felt really off lately, but luckily what comes up must come back down and I do love running down hill.
I struggled through the first 5km, Phil patiently sticking with me as I ran slowly, but after some water at the halfway I really picked up and we started making up some time. With my pitiful running in the first half, along with a an unscheduled shoe lace pit-stop and I was just hoping to keep the run under an hour, and we made the finish line in 53 minutes which was far better than I was expecting.
The run itself was a really nice one, the hills made it a reasonable challenge, the roads weren’t closed but they were quiet, and quite well sheltered with lots of hedgerow and greenery on either side and there was a decent medal at the end. All in all, worth getting out of bed on a Sunday morning for.