|in the tee shirt|
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Mother's Day fun run
Last Sunday was Mother's Day and a lot of mothers were lucky enough to have a lie in. But not me. I had decided to enter myself in the annual Heart Foundation Mother's Day fun run/walk. So I had 7:30am start. But I am not complaining you understand, I had fun.
At 9:00am I presented myself, in lovely sunshine, to the organizers and picked up my tee shirt and settled in to the long wait for everyone to turn up so we could get underway. I'll tell you what though, even though it was sunny it is late autumn and rather chilly. I had to stand with my back to the sun for a while to warm it up.
Then at a few minutes after 10 we were all ordered out onto the middle paddock and the fun began. Most of the young girls had taken their jackets off and were just wearing a teeshirt and 3/4 pants but us older, more sensible ones (or so we thought) kept our jackets on. Big mistake. It's very hard to do warm up exercises in a polar fleece jacket!
"How many of you have done the blah blah blah warm up exercises before?" All the young ones put their hands up while I was thinking - whaaat?
"Oh good, thats what we are doing today, we don't want any injuries because you've started off cold. Just follow me and away we go."
And boom, we were into it. It was a lot like line dancing by another name. Lots of fun, but better without a polar fleece. By the time we finished I was definitely warm and I couldn't see my GKB to give him my jacket. So I had to carry it with me. The runners were first off the mark and we walkers left soon after. We went twice around the block, 5kms in all and I did it in just under an hour which I didn't think was too bad. I could feel myself starting to flag in the last couple of hundred yards or so, so I guess I paced myself pretty well. We were all given a nice goody bag at the end.
What did I learn? - Take your jacket off for the warm up, you won't need it.
They have water there, don't bother with a drink bottle.
Thick socks are advisable, as are good walking shoes.
Remember your gym towel, it's easier than using your polar fleece to wipe your sweaty brow.
But most of all I've discovered that I'm fitter than I thought but not as fit as I'd like to be.
Would I do it again - yes, definitely.
We picked up my little mother on the way home, the girls both came out for a visit in the afternoon and our son rang from Japan. All in all it was a lovely Mother's Day.
Hoping everyone had a lovely Mother's Day
and that you all enjoy the week to come.