I did some stretching and some core stability in the room, the walked to the Health & Fitness Village in Hyde Park, close to the starting line.
I was in the third group to start, so we waited 20-25 minutes before actually starting. My idea was that: 4x5km and a final sprint.
The first 5 splits were pretty good. I almost PB on the 5 which is crazy. I ran them with Manu, an amazing runner from Switzerland, but after a little we were running at different paces, therefore we wished good luck and I walked the mile in Trafalgar Square alone.
6-10 Respect the Rhythm
My heartbeat was low. That was a cool surprise, I could keep up with a pace I didn’t even know I had, and the 2:10 pacers where far behind me.
11-15 Respect the Pain
And then I felt it. Strong and increasing. My left knee was in total pain. I didn’t know what to do, I expected that, but not that early. I grabbed some water and tried to calm down. Walked a little and then kept going.
16-20 Respect the Distance
My knee was getting worse and worse. I started running splits of 800m and then walking 200m to control the pain. Thanks to Gordon who was with me during these horrible moments.
20-21.1 Respect the Sprint
1.1km is like running from my house to the bridge and then up for 2 hills. I knew that, it was a short distance, it was time to make it count. I speeded up, ignored the knee pain and reached a hard pace (for me).
800m to go, the finish line was close.
400m to go, like one lap of Mile End track. I could see the finish. I was so happy about it.
200m to go, my uncle and my English mum were there supporting me. Let’s give it all.
It would have been a PB in every case. Thinking about it, it could have been better, but that was the first and I am sure there will be many other. Now, ready for a new project, I will tell you more soon!
Have A Safe Journey!