Run or Dye…

On Saturday, I ran the Run or Dye 5km race in London. It was quite good fun and looked like this…

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banner…
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sunglasses are essential for this type of run…also loook I have dreadlocks (although they are sadly gone now)
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lots of people queuing…this is England after all… (we got to bypass the queue woohoo)
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look how clean we were!
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not so clean at the end…

Rachel...
Rachel…
me (note to self...belt with phone etc under t-shirt is not the most flattering look...)
me
(note to self…belt with phone etc under t-shirt is not the most flattering look…)

it was a good run, as you may have already guessed I ran it with Rachel πŸ™‚ we decided we needed a few events before the (eeek) half marathon next year, and as Rachel had not run in an event before, it seemed like this was a good one to start with πŸ™‚ it was a 5k, it was fun and not intimidating and we stood a chance of being a long way from last πŸ˜€

In fact we were a really long way from last πŸ˜€ we finished it in (according to my phone) 36 mins…which is my fastest ever 5k time!! I do however think that my gps was a bit off in km 5 as it said we did it in just over 5 mins, however, the rest seemed ok and if we did it in the same time as the others (just over 7mins) it was still the fastest 5k I have ever done πŸ˜€

this surprised me somewhat!

my conclusion is…running with Rachel is good for both of us! She is naturally faster, so she makes me go faster, I can generally run for longer so I make her walk less…which all put together means we are good for pushing each other πŸ˜€

all in all a very successful experiment!

and…just as a reminder, to my self mainly, of how far I have come…this is a little comparison of this year with the last colour run I did…which was almost exactly a year ago!

what a difference a year makes!!
what a difference a year makes!!

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      1. I ran a 5k on Saturday where I did a 5 min warm up walk, followed by 5 min run, 2 min walk for the duration, but then a 4 min cool down walk during my final stretch (uphill + up stairs) with a better finish than I’ve had in a while. 36 mins inclusive of the 9 mins of warm up and cool down. Still not as good as my 5k race time last Dec but better than any recent run.

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      2. that is excellent πŸ™‚

        I think 5 mins are my best intervals at the moment…I can sustain longer runs at 5 min intervals and it is distance I really need to work on πŸ™‚

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      3. it really is, I haven’t managed a training run over 7km yet mainly through time constraints…

        I am going to have to find somewhere to run safely in the dark 😦

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  1. Way to go! A PB πŸ˜€ I wanted to do the Run or Dye run at Castle Howard this year but it was the week after the York 10K so decided not to. Adam and I are on 5 minute run; 1 minute walk intervals at the moment. When he breaks his PB at parkrun I’ll increase the run to 6 minutes. Adam and I are like Rachel and you – Adam can run faster but I can run for longer so he pushes me to go faster during the intervals and I push him to keep running longer.

    Good luck with your training for your half marathon next year. As Nancy said, you may need to embrace the treadmill. I can’t run as fast on the treadmill but I have found that if I do use the treadmill, I can actually run faster outside.

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    1. πŸ˜€ it was a lot of fun! Probably wise not to do it straight after a 10k though πŸ™‚

      I don’t think I am going to embrace any treadmills, I will just get cold and wet! I ran outside all last winter so I will do it again! Treadmills really make me panic!!

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      1. I don’t mind the cold and wet, as long as I wrap up in my gloves and hat, but I hate running in the dark. May have to start running after work/college with Adam though if he keep on insisting on doing more 10K races. I think he has his mind on a 1/2 marathon at some point. Actually he said he wanted to do a Disney World Marathon as you run through all 4 parks – until I told him that was the same as just over 8 parkruns! I’d love to do that one day though.

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      2. I don’t mind the dark, as long as there are streetlights, so I will just have to find myself some routes around the town…probably starting from work as there is easy parking πŸ™‚

        I am never running a marathon!! if I suggest otherwise beat me with a stick!

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