Juneathon day 21 – I’m back!

Apologies for the brief hiatus. I have no real excuse other than not getting around to posting, which is a poor show indeed. I realise this probably knocks me out of Juneathon, but rules are made to be broken, right?

So a quick update on days 19 and 20.

Day 19 was a sorry mess of a hangover, thanks to seriously over-indulging at the aforementioned wedding. I attempted some half-hearted stretching and shuffled around the shops looking for last minute festival purchases. Nothing to see here.

Day 20 was a bit better. Some more stretching and some core exercises in the morning. Then we went off to the Carston Holler exhibition at the Hayward, which was extremely fun and interactive. AND it involved leaving the gallery via a huge slide:

If anyone is in London over the summer I really recommend going – it really is a lot of fun.

So, on to day 21. I ran a 10km race!

It was the Nike Women’s 10km in Victoria Park in East London. It’s the second time I’ve entered, but only the first time I ran it. Last year it was a night time race and there were engineering works, so it would have made it a very long and tricky journey home late at night, which I didn’t fancy. Plus Eurovision was on.

Anyway, today was a 10:30am start and all the transport was working beautifully, so there was no excuse!

It was a nice race. The start was delayed quite a bit and I didn’t get going until after 11am, but it was lovely and sunny so I didn’t begrudge the delay too much and apart from that it was really well-organised. The race itself was two loops of the park, fairly flat and wide paths, so all in all quite enjoyable. Some dodgy race etiquette though, with many runners not following the request to run on the left so that the lapping faster runners could pass easily on the right. I think I would have been annoyed if I was a faster runner going for a PB, but I guess you have to expect a bit of that in these bigger races.

My official time was 1:03:18, so not my fastest, but easily inside the 1:05 that I wanted, so I’m very pleased with that.

A final word on the race. It is worth entering for the swag! I think it cost me £28 and the race t-shirt alone was worth that (lovely peachy/orange dry fit number with LONDON emblazoned on the front), but the goody bag was also great. As well as the standard fruit, snacks, drinks and vouchers for random stuff, there was a little pack of posh toiletries (including a Liz Earle  skin tonic spritzer) and instead of a medal we got an Alex Monroe necklace which is really pretty. If it had been a rubbish race then all this wouldn’t matter really, but because it was such a nice one I’ll definitely be back next year. Transport and Eurovision permitting 😉


About sophiebeeblogs

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2 responses to “Juneathon day 21 – I’m back!”

  1. winsometahn says :

    Sounds like a great race – well done on the time.

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