Last Saturday night I gathered with 11 other women from my gym and my sister to run in my first event since I was a teenager. Back in my teenage years, I could indeed run. I used to be a Cross Country runner, running 5kms in under 19 minutes to stay on the school's team. In year 10 - when I was 15 our team won the NSW State Championships in fact.
But that was a long long long time ago! So when I registered for the Nike She Runs The Night, Sydney!, I was only really motivated by the chance to be with friends and have a night in town :-)
I fully expected to run a bit and walk a bit and maybe or maybe not run some more and have a bit of a giggle. Actually, at one point I must have thought that I would in fact train for the run, but the reality turned out to be quite different. Prior to the event I had only run/walked 5km's max, just a couple of times, and with School Holidays and long visits from the Parent-in-law, even that kind of activity went out the window in the weeks before the event.
So you may be able to imagine my surprise and in fact euphoria that I felt at actually running the full 10kms, without walking at all! My time was 66mins.
I can only explain it as the culmination of an interesting set of circumstances! Which I will list in some kind of meaningful order below:
1. Running with my sister: 16 years younger than me and I wanted to not come over like a middle aged lady in front of her :-) I wanted us to have a great time that night - something to really remember. I certainly did not want to be asking her to stop running and walk with me.
2. Great atmosphere: 98% women, at night, lights, music, good cheer!
3. Improved fitness: While my cardio has not had a great deal of attention, the combination of weight loss, diet and strenghthening through weights, can only have made my result more probable.
4. Even after all these years, I think that the running experience that I had in school, may have at least given me some good memories of running good distances - about getting my breathing right, and pushing through the tough bit and waiting for the 2nd wind to come along.
Anyway, I think that my next event will be the Colour Run which is also at Centennial Park, but this time only 5kms. http://thecolorrun.com/australia/sydney/ And that I will definitely do the Nike She Runs again next year!
Sisters Be Fit!