The weekend started with Saturday morning bouldering and compared to last weekend, my arms had the power back, I cracked some tricky problems and had fun again!
The boys are sadly not into bouldering much, they play in the kids area in the beginning and then do rock climbing with us later. I didn’t climb myself this time, the little kiddo wanted the wall all to himself and I was happy to belay him as he’s so light that belaying him is very easy (when my husband is on the other end of the rope my right shoulder DIES).
On Saturday afternoon I headed over to the Hackney marshes for the Run Hackney 5km race. I got totally lost making my way there from Stratford station – it’s a new territory for me, I have never visited that part of London before. What should have been a 20 minute walk ended up being a 25 minute 4.70km run with my backpack. I did not think I was going to make it to the race but I finally found it 15 min before the start – grabbed my number, dropped off my bag and was off.
It was hot like hell and half of the route had no shade at all. Thankfully 5km is a short distance so that’s what I kept reminding myself. I finished in 21 minutes and 4 seconds. Totally so much faster than I thought I’d run BUT – my Garmin said I had only run 4.66km! No idea what my “5km PB” is now :|
I calculated that if the course had been 5km I would have finished in 22:35 which would still be my PB as my previous one is 23:34. Either way – good time for me!
On Sunday morning both me and MrB ran the Run Hackney half marathon. It wasn’t hot as hell, it was a gazillion times hotter than hell. I had planned to run slowly but once I got going my legs felt good and until mile 10 I kept up a pace that would have possibly had me beat my PB of 1:47:19.
Until then most of the route was in the shade on the streets of Hackney but from then on we were back in the olympic park and started looping around and going over bridges with no shade whatsoever.
I had run out of water by then and was desperately waiting for the last water station. When that arrived I couldn’t figure out how to open the plastic pouch the water was in! I tried to run and read the instructions at the same time – not possible! I noticed everyone else was just popping them and getting sprayed in the face, I tried to avoid that but couldn’t – half of the precious water ended up in my eyes! Since it was so hot though and the end was near I did not mind it too much, it just slowed me down a bit.
The heat got to many people, there were runners passing out left, right and centre. The paramedics were very busy. I have never seen anything quite like it.
I sprinted to the finish line once I could see it and crossed it at 1:50:01. No PB but I had not passed out! (note to self: never race in the summer again)
I stripped off my shirt and shamelessly walked back to Stratford station in my bra. We grabbed ice coffees from Nero on our way and since I haven’t had one in a year and I had just run the hottest race on the planet (well, maybe Marathon des Sables is a bit hotter), it tasted like manna from heaven.
In the end I’m super happy that despite the heat I enjoyed the majority of both races. I felt strong & fast :)
One weekend – two good races & two medals to add to my collection!