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Monday, 29 July 2013

Race Report: The National Lottery Anniversary Run

DESCRIPTION:  A 5 mile route around the Olympic park, finishing in the stadium
LOCATION:  Queen Elizabeth II Park, London
DATE:  21st July, 2013

Every time I hear Bowie declare "we could be heroes" I well up. It was the anthem for the 2012 Team GB and will always stir up emotions of pride, joy and a touch of sadness that it's all over. So having the chance to try and relive that amazing summer by running on the stadium track was a no-brainer!

The stadium last year

My husband also decided that, for one time only, he would take out his running shoes and join me. I love that he has tried to be part of my crazy active lifestyle even though he still doesn't quite get why I do it, so I decided that this race was all about him. I would set the pace and encourage him over the finish line so we could finish together. Our aim: 10 minute miles to finish in the stadium in around 50 minutes.

This is what he thought...

"It was good to see so many people in the spirit of the games. It was an opportunity not to be missed, a run that we wouldn't and shouldn't get a chance to do again. It definitely made the idea of running more appealing than usual. I also thought it was fun to be part of Jen's world, to take an interest in one of her hobbies and do something together.

"We were the first back to the stadium"

"I was excited when we got to the stadium but nervous as I'd never run that far before and I hadn't really trained. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make the finish. The first three miles were comfortable because I'd done it before but beyond that, I didn't know. The hardest part was just after the four mile mark. That's when I really started to fade. It was good to have someone pacing me otherwise I would've given up and walked the rest of the way.

Our cheer crew

"We entered the tunnel of the stadium where they played 'Chariots of Fire' but I didn't really take it in. It was the gap in the wall, seeing the crowd and the track that motivated me. When my feet hit the track, I knew I'd make it. The best moment was seeing that finish line!

The actual olympic track

"I thought it would take me over an hour so it felt like a small miracle that we finished in 50:01. I definitely feel proud but I'm annoyed about that one second!"

At the finish line!

I am so proud of him! He's never been a fan of running and admitted he still didn't quite understand why I do it, but he gave it his best shot. And for that, I think he's my hero!

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