I DID IT! I reached my goal of running a 5k under 30 minutes!
What a race – I was so nervous beforehand that I was shaking while I was running… I started off really well, but the route was quite challenging with a lot of people around. The ground was very soft and spongy because of the rain too. So I fell behind on my pace and realised at the 4km Mark that I may not make my goal. My average pace was just over 6 min/km.
Luckily this is where my interval training kicked in. With half a kilometre to go, I decided to really go for it. Loads of other people were slowing down, but I felt I could push it to the finish. But boy, was that tough! As soon as I reached the finish line, I stopped the clock and could not believe that I had beat my target by TWO SECONDS!
You couldn’t have scripted that but it’s absolutely honest!
I was so happy after the race that I could barely breathe. I walked over to my wife, gave her a massive hug, and in between gasps of air, just said the words “I did it…” which is nice, because without her support I wouldn’t have been able to.
The DHL Relay was a big success, we managed to field two full teams wearing lovely shirts and everyone ran well. But the best part was that everyone came to thank me for organising our teams after the race.
So a great evening and well worth the effort. Gonna have to think of a new running target now ;)