Join Me On My 10K Journey | Run Norwich 2017 | I did it! 

So here we are, the final leg of my 10k journey! I can’t believe the big day has been and gone already – just where did that time go? I thought I’d update you, just one last time as I know a few of you have read these updates and have given me some lovely feedback. I hope you enjoy this one too!

On Friday evening my husband took Baby J and me to the Forum, Norwich to collect my running vest and race pack. This is when the nerves really started to bubble up – it was all becoming so real! Seeing other runners there and the organisers and seeing the very small numbers on the countdown clock was truly terrifying! I did however, really enjoy opening up the envelope which contained my numbered bib – 6110 – was this my lucky number?

I’ll be honest, I really didn’t sleep much Friday and Saturday night. I was just too nervous and when I’m nervous I tend to put myself down and plant seeds of doubt in my own mind. ‘You’re not fit enough.’, ‘You haven’t trained enough.’, ‘You don’t deserve to be there.’, etc. Not fun!

Sunday morning arrived though and I was up early – planning to eat some breakfast, but not managing it (yes, I ran on an empty stomach!). I got my running gear on and struggled for about half an hour to pin my number to my vest – not due to being nervous, I’m just not the brightest when it comes to things like that!

My wonderful husband drove me to meet my friend Ruth so that we could walk into the city together. My goodness, was I happy to see her! Ruth has such a wonderful, calming nature that just instantly puts my nerves at ease. She pointed out parts of the running route to me whilst we walked to the Forum and gave me so much brilliant advice. When we got to the Forum, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. I could feel nerves in the air from others though, which made me realise I wasn’t alone.

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The wonderful Ruth and Me!

After what felt like the longest wait in the world, we were told to get into our pens ready for the start of the race. I was in the very last pen, as I’d put in a finish time of 1hr 30mins as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Waiting in the pen was scary, I was actually fighting back tears which sounds pathetic now but I really was so scared! I just wanted to give Baby J a massive hug too.

Thirteen minutes after the first klaxon went for the elite runners, us pink bibbed runners were finally able to set off. Wow, what a rush as I crossed the start line – I was really doing it! I heard someone shout my name in encouragement and that felt amazing!

After about 4k I finally saw my husband and Baby J – I did stop for a split second at this point to give them both a big kiss. I was so excited to see them as I had been looking out for them the whole way. It gave me such a huge boost, I felt really strong afterwards and knew I could do it. For the first time, I actually had some confidence in myself and completing this run.

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A flattering action shot taken by my husband as I ran to kiss him!

For me, reaching 7k was where I knew I would be able to finish the whole thing. I hadn’t run further than 7k in training and just couldn’t wait to reach this point. Once I was there, I felt so happy knowing that I only had 3k to go and I still had enough energy in me to do it. I loved seeing the sights on the course – what a wonderful city I live in. The race stewards were just fantastic too – shouting your name and cheering you on. They made me feel so special.

The last kilometre was painful, I’m not going to lie. I walked a little bit of it as I really wanted to sprint over the finish line. The atmosphere at the last 400m was incredible – the shouting from the crowd spurred everyone on and made me feel like I was running so fast! When I turned the final corner and saw that finish line in sight, I really really went for it. I ran as fast as I could and held back the tears as I did so. Crossing that line felt AMAZING! I knew immediately that I definitely wanted to do it all again next year and I definitely will be.

I walked to pick up my medal and goody bag and called my husband to find out where they were. After this, I was just typing out a message to Ruth to let her know I’d finished and that’s when I bumped into her! I actually ended up crying all over her and being highly emotional (and embarrassing) because I just felt so proud that I’d done it. All those negative thoughts and self-doubt hadn’t won.

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With our medals!

I’m still getting over it now and it’s Wednesday. I just can’t describe what an incredible morning it was and how good I felt whilst doing it and afterwards. I’m never going to give up running, I just love doing it so much and I now have a PB to beat next year!

Thank you once again to all my supporters and encouragers. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me too – I have raised £155 now and there’s still time to sponsor me if you want to! Just visit my page here. An extra big thank you to my husband – what a great guy he is! I love you and Baby J so much.

I’m now looking forward to a woodland zombie run next month (err sounds bloody terrifying doesn’t it?!) and I’ll be sure to share some photos of that on my Instagram stories and account.

Love you all!

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 7 | One Week to Go!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s just one week until I run the 10k I’ve been working so hard for. How is this possible?! Not going to lie, I’m feeling pretty terrified at the moment! It’s made me a proper moody mare at home, my husband doesn’t dare speak to me at the moment! I’m giving myself daily pep talks – ‘Just enjoy yourself, it’s not the end of the world if you’re the slowest person there, etc’ – it’s really not working! 

Training has been going well, until the tail end of this week. I have a lovely chest infection to contend with and the fear of next weekend is managing to physically stop me from stepping out of the door. I did go out tonight however, and now I feel great again. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s sometimes hard to overcome those negative thoughts. 

On Friday I’ll be popping into the Forum in Norwich to pick up my race pack and charity running vest. I’ll be taking my husband and Baby J along with me too as they’ve supported and motivated me so much along my journey. Apparently there’s lots going on in the Forum for race participants, so I’ll take lots of photos for you! Keep an eye on my Instagram story (@sparkle.with.kerry

I’m definitely getting faster now, which makes me so happy. It’s not consistent, but that doesn’t matter. I’m still a hell of a lot fitter than I have been in a long time! It’s not all about weight loss, but I have noticed my clothes getting looser – great, but also a pain that I’ll need to buy more! I’m just feeling healthy and happy and that’s what matters. 

A flattering tomato shot!

In other exciting news for me, but probably not for you, I got some new running trainers! I actually love them. 

Finally, a bit thank you to everyone who has supported me – Gareth, mum and dad, Emma, Emily, Ruth, Sue, Donna and Neville and anyone else who donated or has encouraged me with my training. I love you all and I think of you every step of the way. 

Here’s a little photo I wanted to share with you from today, which portrays the little girl who is my biggest motivation of all… 

My Baby J

Kerry x

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Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 5

With the 10k less than 5 weeks away, I have to be honest and say that I’m feeling more than a little bit anxious. In fact, I’m in full on panic mode. Yes, I’m running for longer, further and faster than I ever have before but I’m still slower than every other runner I know, I still almost die when I run over 5k and I still have a full on tantrum when it gets too hot. Help me! 

I also feel that 10k is viewed on by some people as a not decent enough distance. But what I want to stress (to those of you who do think that) is that it is A BIG DEAL TO ME. I have my own personal barriers that I fight each and every time I go out for training – confidence and a fear of people laughing at me, terrified that I’ll be attacked and scarred by a dog again, stressed that I’ll be slower than last time, guilt over leaving my baby and husband for 50 minutes and many more. No, I’m not looking for sympathy, just a bit of understanding. I’m also not saying that if you don’t sponsor me you’re not supportive. Just some words of encouragement would be nice, instead of denying all knowledge of me doing this and saying nothing – which to my amazement a lot of people are doing! 

Anyway, enough of the moody stuff. I have had to think about extending my running courses now as I have to run for longer periods of time. My husband took me to Eaton Park, Norwich the other weekend and it was lovely. It was nice to run amongst the greenery and also a lot of other runners. 

Next weekend is the Norwich Colour 5k! I’m so bloody excited and even more excited to be running it with my mum. We’ve both been training hard and really want to enjoy this one. Plus I get a medal. 

In other news, I have set up an Instagram account to help motivate me in my fitness and weight loss. If you’d like to take a follow it’s called @kerrys.fitness.journey

If you’d like to sponsor me for the Run Norwich 10K, you can do so by clicking the button below. 
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Kerry x