The day has finally fallen upon us, where I ran the 10km Race for Life in Hyde Park, London.
After months of training and practicing, building up my stamina and ability to run a distance, it has all paid off!
a big yay for hard work!
I decided to run my race for life for my Auntie Cely, Auntie Marina and Grandma Seher.
In what has been a miserable morning full of rain, has turned into a beautiful July summers day complete with an army of women in pink t-shirts, who took over Hyde Park from 9am as the run kicked off.
The first 5km is always the easiest, especially when you know you’re half way through. It was great seeing the support that everyone received from bystanders and the Race for Life marshals who were all cheering us on.
There were also big and bold motivational speeches throughout the park encouraging every participant to keep on pushing through and to not give up.
This was one of my favourites:
Just as we reached the half way mark, we were given bottles of water and cranberry juice to keep us hydrated and give us that extra boost to keep on going.
My favourite part was when we were coming up to 7km and there was a Race for Life Marshal with a water spray, spraying everyone in the face. It was so refreshing and felt so damn good considering we were running in the sun.
Sooner, rather than later we finally finished the run in 1hour 18mins. What a great feeling it was to run through the finishing line with a huge “You did it!” sign and everyone cheering and congratulating you.
Whilst training, I used the app RunKeeper to keep track of my progress in all the runs to do. Thanks to the app, I managed to see my average running pace for each km. I found it rather funny how my quickest runs were Km 1 and Km 5.
I’m happy and proud of us three, (myself, Özlem and Auntie Feride) not only did we run for a great cause, but we also managed to raise just over £700 between us.
Donations are still being accepted, and every penny is appreciated.
It’s time we kicked cancer’s butt!
Donate here: www.justgiving.com/Norresaperucho