18 September 2005
My first certificate!
Yay! I ended up walking the 10km walk. My time was 91 minutes 25 seconds. I was equal fourth (we were last - there were only two men and 3 women doing the walk)! I was pleased with the time though and we weren't too far behind the winner so we certainly weren't in disgrace!
My walk started at 9am, the same time as the half marathon run and half marathon walk. I didn't know anyone there (except DH), so I said hello to one girl and asked her whether she was a fast walker. "No" she said, "I only came for the nice scenery" she said. SURE SHE DID! I started off with her for about 10 steps and realised I was in real trouble. She walked really fast. The other woman kept up to her fairly well. I dropped back with the two blokes and we strode out quite well and the pace was certainly fast enough for me. It was lovely countryside though and a bit hilly, but not too steep, just a gentle climb, so I survived. One bloke strode ahead after the half way mark and ended up racing past the girl who had been in the lead and he won (I was secretly pleased he passed her, that was the Bit#@iness coming out in me!).
Anyway we had fun. DH survived his half marathon and was quite happy with his time and I was happy that I can actually walk 10kms and keep up with people who do it quite often. I realised after I started that the serious walkers had chosen the 10km walk instead of the 5km walk and if I didn't want to straggle behind too much I had to make an effort, so I did, and I received my first ever walking certificate. (Probably first ever sport certificate if the truth was known!).