So this morning I woke up early to have some porridge before my run.
I was feeling quite relaxed about the whole thing, as it wasn’t chip timed or anything I felt like there was less pressure for some reason. After pottering about a bit I got dressed and Andy dropped me off at the sports centre. The directions just said “head to the athletics track”. Well, I did, along with about 5 other people. I am not kidding! I was there about 20 minutes before it was due to start, and gradually a few more people turned up. A lady came to chat to me as I was on my own- she was going to do the 6 miles but had a cold so had decided to stop at 3.
At around 10.25 we were ushered to the running track and told: 12 laps for 3 miles, 24 laps for 6 miles- keep a track of how many laps you do yourself- I was glad I had my Garmin as I was sure I would lose count otherwise!
We did a little warm up (well needed as it was freezing) and then were counted down. I was not keen on the idea of 24 laps- I was worried that I would get rather bored. But in fact it was not too bad- the laps went down quite quickly. There was a mixture of 3 and 6 mile runners- there was one lady in front of me who was going just that bit faster, but in the end she turned out to be a 3 miler- I was only around half a lap behind her when she stopped so I was pleased she didn’t lap me (and I did think that if I was doing the shorter distance I could have kept up with her). I was lapped in about my 4th lap I think by some fast 3 milers. At around the same time I was also lapping other people- there were quite a few people doing it in little groups who were run/walking, and also an amazing lady who was doing the whole thing using a push along walking support thing (not sure what they are called)- she did about 1/4 of a lap for each one lap I did, so I went past her several times and a few times she encouraged me on (and me to her too). I lapped the lady I was chatting to at the start, as she was coming up to her final lap, so it was nice to wish her well.
At this time I realised that most people (and I tried to count- I think there were about 30 people running) were stopping at 3 miles- I almost chickened out at that point but for Jantastic I had said I would do 8 miles so needed to keep going. Plus it was actually quite therapeutic- as you went around one corner you were into the wind a bit, but then of course it was behind you for the rest, and there was music being played and other people to watch.
After I had done about 4 miles more people were turning up at the track as there was a one mile run at 11.30- I really wanted to be finished by then. There was one man running and he finished when I had 2 laps to go- by this point all the one milers were doing their warm up (the lovely marshals were having to ask them to mind out of the way as I was coming through).
Finally I was on my last lap! I was about half way around when the one milers set off, so I really went for it as I wanted to finish on my own (my final mile was 8.38- my fastest). I was the first female haha! There were 2 girls who finished about a lap behind me- no prizes of course but you have to be in it to win it! It took me 56.07 for 6.05 miles (all that overtaking!!). I looked up my pb for 10K, which is 56.14, so I was pretty close to that. And the best thing is that I felt comfortable- in the back of my mind I knew I had to run home, so I could not go crazy, but except for the final lap where I really went for it, I felt like I was running pretty hard, but still in control.
One of the guys gave me my medal and some water, and I took a few photos of the milers going around the track, although the dark clouds were looming at that point so I didn’t hang around.
I was pretty cold on the way home- it rained a bit and I was unlucky with traffic lights too. At one point I was waiting and noticed that my watch said 7.99 miles- I even tried sticking my arm into the road in case that would get to the 8 miles (you know, otherwise that mile would be a lot slower) but it didn’t work. In total I ran 8.5 miles, not too shabby.
I was hungry after that!
I had a few chocolate truffles and a drink, before a hot shower and pancakes for lunch.
After finishing the lovely buckwheat pancake mix ages ago I have been hunting far and wide, and found it last weekend, so I had some of that. One with blackcurrant curd, and the others with chocolate pb, plus some melon.
I really enjoyed it in the end. I was feeling a bit apprehensive at the start when there were hardly any people there- I had visions of me running around on my own, but actually I do prefer smaller races. It was good to not have to worry about crowds, and because there were more runs later on, I didn’t feel like I was holding up the staff or anything. If I had needed to drive there, there was plenty of parking, and “real” toilets, and really friendly marshals too.
A nice morning out 🙂
18 thoughts on “Sport Relief 6 miles”
Well done for not cutting out early.
Think they are called Zimmer frames (no wheels I think)??!!
Yes but this one did have wheels- sort of a triangle shape. Anyway she was very impressive.
24 laps!?!? Where do I sign up? 😉 Seriously, I would be elated to spread the love for lap-courses, so I’m really happy that you enjoyed your 6 miles round and round the track 🙂
Booja Booja and pancakes sound like the perfect meal after such a fun run as well!
I thought of you on the way around as I am sure you said recently that you like course that have laps. A few more for a marathon though!
What a great way to celebrate completing the race, Booja-Booja truffles and pancakes, yum! Well done on a fantastic race. 🙂
Those truffles are so good- I save them for special occasions and I felt that it was one yesterday!
I would have completely lost count of my laps and ended up really confused! Well done on your speedy final lap! A shame a few more people didn’t go along. The Sports Relief miles don’t seem to have had as much publicity this year for some reason.
I was glad I had my watch to help me with the distance!
Yes there were not even any posters around the sports centre- it really was not that clear that any event was happening which is a shame.
Well done! Clearly you’re getting more and more fast 🙂
I struggle with counting 5 laps let alone 24!! Wow!! I would really struggle. Mentally I think I’d be OK with the laps but the actual keeping count would be tricky.
Well I am getting back up to my speed from last year 🙂
Keeping count was tricky especially as I was either thinking how many I had done (eg 8) or how many to go (16) or which lap I was in (9th) so juggling all the numbers kept me busy! My watch was there as a back up!
I give you a lot of credit. I would go crazy having to run in a circle for almost an hour. Great job!
Thanks! I thought it would be awful but it was actually quite good as each lap was so short.
Sounds like a fun race! That lady doing it with the pusher thing, bless her, I am always inspired when I see or hear about people doing things like that 🙂
I know she was so amazing.
Well done! 24 laps jeez, I don’t think I could have coped, I hate Highbury Parkrun because it’s 5 laps, although that might be because they are a bit undulating too!
Yes this was pancake flat! I think you would have been surprised, as each lap was so short it seemed to go by pretty quickly.
Wow amazing job, I have no idea how you managed to keep going for 24 laps, that would have driven me mad!
That was my thought exactly at the start, but the laps were so short that they went by really quickly.