Guest blog post by Matt Richardson:
Running my first 10k – All the Gear, No idea
I have never really been that interested in running. Yes I’ve played football, mainly 5 a side, exercised regularly at the gym and occasionally hit a treadmill but outdoor running no. The most I had ever ran before was the JP Morgan Frankfurt city fun which is approx 3km back in 2005 and a 2 mile run as part of a relay team in 2014. Since then I hadn’t ran at all. New Years Day 2016 – I was asked what my New Years resolution will be. My reply was to continue to eat healthily and stay fit by taking on some outdoor running some 5ks, maybe a 10k. I started by running a 5km loop from my home in the first week of January and realised I could pretty much do that without stoping, which surprised me, given that I have had asthma all my life too. I then signed up for a 5km park run and enjoyed it massively achieving a reasonable time too. I was late in signing up to the London winter run 10k, but was convinced to do it by @RunGuruRun. When mentioning it in the office we gained more people interested people that fancied giving it a go and before we knew it we had a team of 5, which turned into a team of 11 eventually.
Saturday 30th Jan
In preparation for the run I made sure I was hydrated throughout Saturday, took on some carbs (which was tough for me as I have recently adopted a low carb lifestyle), then next challenge was going to sleep. I wanted to have a good nights sleep to a) get up nice and early for it, but this proved difficult as I was fretting that I would sleep past my alarm on Sunday morning and not get up for the 5:45target.
Sunday 31st Jan – The day of the run
5:45 arrived and I was wide awake.
I had arranged all my gear the night before so it was a case of putting things together, grabbing some porridge and a banana and leaving for the train up to London. The train journey was lively, I was surprised as to how many runners were sitting on the train, drinking coffee and eating bananas.
The setting for the run was fantastic and well organised in Trafalgar Square in London, on arrival 100s of people were taking things very seriously and there was a huge outdoor warm up routine going on involving event organisers, runners and spectators – stretching and keeping warm (in the drizzly rain).
The run itself was great fun, we managed to combine as a group of runners and join the first wave of runners at the start, rubbing shoulders with the elite athletes. I was joined stride by stride by the Dynamo that is @RunGuruRun, he gave me motivation and comedy along the 10k and definitely helped achieve the time that we made it in. Every 1k @RunGuruRun would remind us of our pace and show us that we were on course for achieving a very respectable first 10k time.
It was a sprint to the finish line and we were cheered on my hundreds of people, we did it – in 49:32 all in all a brilliant experience.
Below is a video of my experience by @RunGuruRun