|Dressed and ready for the big race|
|That's me underneath the robe and head cover. It was cold!|
The start was quite unusual in that all the waves from 1-9 were placed close together and we basically walked to the starting line and began running. I set off at exactly 10 minutes and 50 seconds after the gun sounded.
Miles 1-3 We started on a slight downhill and with hundreds of runners all around me, I focused on staying upright and in one piece. My pace was exactly where I wanted to be and the crowds on the course were not bad at all thinning out after about 1/4 mile. Starting by Greenwich Park, we soon moved to a small village called Charlton and with tons of spectators along the course, the running seemed easy.
Mile splits: 9:57, 9:59, 9:53
Miles 4-8 Just after mile 3, the red and blue corrals merged for the remainder of the race. The course was still wide when we ran the first 1/2 mile together with a barrier for a portion of the time. Then we joined up and the crowding was noticeably different. The amount of runners all of a sudden became overwhelming with really no way to run your own paces. Not wanted to weave around lots of people, I tried to stay patient, knowing that I would be unable to keep up what I had done at the start for pace. Remembering that London is a very old city, it is no surprise that we ran on some very narrow roads. This section of the course includes a run past the Cutty Sark sailing ship and the quaint town of Greenwich. The crowds continued to astound me as they cheered the runners, gave us high fives and also handed out jellie babies (fruit candy).
Mile splits: 9:49, 10:08, 10:16, 10:09, 10:27
|The iconic Tower Bridge|
Mile splits: 10:17, 10:32, 9:51, 10:04, 10:24, 10:19, 10:16, 10:24
|Photo courtesy of Robyn- exactly how it looked crossing the bridge|
Mile splits: 10:39, 10:37, 10:04, 9:57, 10:31
Miles 22-26.2 This section of the course runs along the Thames River and this is when you start to see some of the sights that London is famous for including St. Paul's Cathedral the London Eye, Big Ben and others. While I felt like I was running at a decent pace, clearly my splits did not show that. However, when I got my race statistics from the website, it did not surprise me to see that I had passed alot of runners during the last 7.2km of the course! I've never seen these type of results before, but as a numbers person, I enjoyed seeing this!
At one point of the race, I considered stopping to remove my tee shirt that I had worn under my charity race tank. I knew it would take me several minutes to do that, so the decision was made to be hot! As we continued passing bridges along the Thames River, we soon crossed into the Westminster portion of the course and the finish area. When we arrived at the 800 meters to go sign my heart was pounding and I could not wait to pass Buckingham Palace and wave to the queen. Soon I was
Mile Splits: 10:40, 10:29, 11:14, 11:13, 10:46, 9:45
Overall Time: 4:34.13
Age Category: 88/205
Female Category: 6621/15100
Overall Category: 23131/39083
This was a bucket list race and I was so fortunate to be given the opportunity to run for the National Osteoporosis Society as a charity fundraiser. I cannot begin to express in words how much fun I had running this race. It was a perfect day and thanks everyone for your support.