A couple of weeks ago, my friend invited me to run the Women's Running 10k race at Finsbury Park. I was hesitant at first because I have already ran 10k before, so I wanted to level up. But then I heard the bad news that my good friend's cousin has been diagnosed with a throat Cancer. I wanted to help in any way I can so I decided to run so I could raise funds for her, and of course so I could run for Keith again.
Although I only live 8 minutes away from the park, I turned up late because I had to wait for my friend. By the time I got to the park, the race has started but my friend hasn't turned up. Worst of all, I was not ready. I have not put my chip and my number on, so Don was getting really angry at me.
My friend eventually turned up and we started the race on our own. We were 6 minutes late but I felt really special.
The lady in black looked familiar but I couldn't remember her at that time, then I later on thought that it could be Nell McAndrew.
Since my friend and I haven't seen each other since July, we had some catching up to do.
But that didn't last long, because at the end of the day we were there for the run. So it wasn't long until we both started running and I went ahead of her.
Six minutes late, but soon enough I was ahead of about 200 runners and it felt great!
To be fair, most of the runners probably haven't ran in Finsbury Park before. I have done it a few times and I must tell you that the hills in the park are killers. I would normally slow down a big deal on my regular runs, but at that time, I had so much energy that I was racing up the hills.
Although I have ran 10k before, this was another level as I managed to finished in 62 minutes despite the hills. And now I can perhaps run on flat surface faster than before. I have yet to try since but I know I can run faster now.
There you go, my second 10k race in 62 minutes.
Since I started running, I have always ran with Keith's favourite toy, Meowmeow.
Keith has always been my inspiration in joining races.This time, I did it for him and for a friend. Two inspiring people.
Have you challenged yourself lately?