Along with some of my training buddies, I had signed up to a few virtual races as we have had a lot of fun doing these, but with my ankle still playing up running had been near on impossible lately. A lot of rest and gentle training though and I finally felt confident enough to run again, as long as it was slow and on even ground. For this reason although I agreed to join my friends for the run we had planned, I combined two of the virtual runs into one to minimise how much I needed to run.
The first of the runs was Run into Spring, where they were super efficient and I had the medal before I even set foot out the door. You could run any distance for this one then snap a picture of yourself with the medal. The second run was the Top Gun Virtual run, where you could opt for 5km, 10km or a half marathon distance, it even came with a printable race number. This one is from a company in the US and the medal when it arrives looks like it is going to be very cool indeed. We chose to do the 5km distance (for which I’m grateful due to the aforementioned ankle injury) and after a lot of chatter we finally got started.
Running felt tough from the offset, getting used to running on my ankle which felt sore but seemed to be holding up, I felt slow and unfit, but I was trotting along OK having a nice chat with Vince James as we jogged along, the others all pulling ahead.
We ran a 5km route round the park used for Race for Life, and it was pleasant running, it was warm and the park was fairly quiet. As we made our way back round to the second part of the park Vince and I caught up with Dom and Sinead who were running in front of us and we swapped partners. I was now running with Dom and he upped my pace a bit, my sore ankle just about handling it, not hurting any more that at the start of the run.
We came back round to our start point, looping round the bandstand to make sure we hit the 5km distance, had a quick finishers selfie and then made our respective ways back home.