A couple of weeks ago I ran a 5k with my family in memory of my 15-year-old cousin that suddenly died at the end of the year. It was an amazing day and there were around 85 of us taking part. We were the biggest group out there and we were even on the ITV news. My stupid face is right up there when they are interviewing my cousin and her husband about the race and Evan.
We had t-shirts made and on the day put up a big gazebo with drinks and sweets. We also brought picnics to have afterwards.
There was a 10k in the morning and a 5k at 11 am. I decided to do the 5k as that’s what everyone else was doing, though I started to regret it as it was a hot day and just kept getting hotter.
We didn’t actually start the run until 11:50 am as it was delayed and it was SO HOT. I was dreading it.
It didn’t feel as bad when we started running, I wanted to pick up the pace but was worried about how I would be in the heat. Thankfully there were 2 water stops and I just dumped the water over my head which really did help to cool me down. I recommend this method!
I ran it in 31:10 with an average pace of 9:59 per mile. I was hoping for under 30 minutes but the heat just killed me. Anyway, it was less about the speed and more about raising money for Evans school and uniting as a family. Even my Dad walked it and he’s 71 and his joints are screwed, he has to walk with a stick sometimes.
Hoping to do it next year again.