Don’t know how- I didn’t get home till around 11.30pm the night before, just started a new job and haven’t done much road running since May…
So yeah! Came across this race and really liked the sound of starting and finishing in Lancaster Castle. In fact, registration was in the cells and my first offence was holding the number upside down for the picture 🙄
It was a few minutes walk to the start and I tried not to let nerves get the better of me as we bunched together. I’d given myself an excuse for an average performance as I was a couple of weeks into a new job, house move and all the rest…not entirely conducive to optimum performance!
We got underway and I found myself towards the front of the pack. First Lady from the outset and not expecting to sustain that as I knew that it was a pretty flat race with around 280 entrants… winning was not on the cards. Still, I felt OK so I pushed on, trying not to extend myself too far. In fact, there was a different mentality for this race- I tried to stay in the moment- I counted every step and recounted…..it was meditative, renewing and almost mechanical.
Before I knew it, I was 3 miles in and at the water station. This was a flat race on cycle paths, not an easy mental game for me. I had my gel and, buoyed by shouts of ‘Well done first lady!’ pressed on to take a couple more male places,
I was flagging a bit but carried on counting, I’d missed the 4 mile marker and so was happy to check my watch and find out that I was 4.6 miles in. After that boost, I was confident that I could maintain the pace and possibly even win- it would be horrendous to lead and get pipped with a mile to go.
Thankfully, I recognised that the finish was close by and put in a final effort up the cobbles and into the castle to finish First Lady and 13th overall! A very surprising win and an even more surprising prize: a choice of slow cooker, Hoover or toaster/kettle (These were not gender specific: same prizes for gentlemen!!) I opted for the hoover…I needed a new one!