On the first day of January this year, I pledged to take on a new challenge and signed up for the Swansea Bay 10K.
As today inched closer, my nerves grew. Although I’d trained for the best part of three months, a nasty cold meant I’d had to have a fortnight off earlier this month so I worried if I’d make it around the course.
I felt proud putting on my Mind running vest and taking my place among the runners. Shortly before the race started, the rain arrived to soak us through as we waited to get moving.
When it was time to set off, the atmosphere was exciting. I loved
seeing my fellow charity runners taking on the course.
The first few kilometres were okay as I found my slow pace and settled into it. So many supporters
braved the rain and lined the course to cheer us on with pom-poms, shakers and cow bells. Props to the man dressed as Donald Trump at around the 6K mark for making us smile.
From 7K onwards, I struggled. I’ve never run in such heavy rain before and found it challenging to dodge puddles and maintain momentum as the course narrowed.
But somehow I just kept going, one step at a time, and ran without stopping. Yes, I was slow but I was determined to run it all.
Seeing the 400m to go sign felt brilliant and I felt near to tears as
I finally crossed the line. I’d done what didn’t feel possible three months ago.
A huge factor in getting me around the course has been my training with the Pencoed Panthers running club, which I joined in June. Their support and ability to push me when my legs and mind want to give up has helped me achieve a 10K – something I hadn’t done since 2010 (and pre-children).
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and sponsored me so far. At the time of writing, I’d raised almost £200 for Mind thanks to your generosity.