Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Saturday 10th July 2010

This  is a picture of my mum, niece and friend Cheryl and I, Cheryl is a mum of 2 and not a runner, but I managed to convince her to run this race with me, the only one brave enough to take up the offer, I have a lot of respect for her. 

The atmosphere was great, lots of women, lots of pink, all shapes all sizes, everyone was out, raising money for Cancer Research. It was hot, hot, hot, hot, hot. My plan was to run the 5k with Cheryl then continue on another lap and finish the 10k on my own.

A selection of lovely outfits, althought how these ladies ran in those wigs I really don't know, it was the hottest day of the year, and the race did not start until 11am, so it was blazing by the time we got going, good on you ladies.

I love the above pictures, shows how hot it was, and the girl above in pink with that great smile on her face reminds me why I love running so much.

Cheryl is going well, the heat is very,very oppresive, but I keep talking to her, keep pushing, and we keep running, if she stops I keep going, and tell her to run, even if she's shuffling just keep moving. The ground feels so spongy it's like running through mud so we take off our shoes after about a mile,  I tell her to watch out for thorns and dog mess, but it feels lovely, my feet are now cool and the ground feels better to run on, yaah to the barefoot revolution.

My mum and my ten year old niece,  two more people I managed to convince to sign up, one of the reasons I love RACE FOR LIFE, is anyone can take part, no time limit no pressure, run, walk or crawl.

We've just thrown our shoes to the my boyfriend whose complaing they smell, bloody cheeck!

I love the third picture, the Usain Bolt inspired run to the end, go mum, go niece! Well done to them, I'm trying to encourage everyone I know to run, mum is up for another one is September and so is my niece, this was my nieces first one, they ran and walked, with only one pit stop, I think the medal at the end has got niece hooked, so fingers crossed she'll keep running, and make me eat her dust in time to come.

Cheryl done great, I just kept encouraging her, but she done all the hard work and it was a pleasure to run with her. I drop her off at the end of the 5k which we complete in 38 minutes, a quick stop to put my trainers back on,and I continue on another loop to complete the 10k.

The second loop was brutal, and I ain’t even going to pretend, my left calfs starting to seize up a bit, due to the achilles issues (it’s my fault, I have not been as religious about icing and streaching as I should’ve been recently, don’t worry I’ve learnt my lesson). The sun, the sun, the sun, the sun is beating down like a big drum, I strip down to my bra top, yes you read right, just fling it off in a moment of heat induced madness.

I had not right, no damn right to subject anyone to my belly, but the heat causes me to lose all sense and before I could scream nooooooooo, I strip off  it's too late and there it is, my belly bouncing around like an out of control washing machine. Why have I put the pictures up I hear you ask, because it how I look now, and even though I don’t like the belly I am doing something about it, so there, one pound at a time sweet jesus.

This is me all done and dusted, as you can see I am holding onto the railing, I need that railing, I really, really do, can the railing get a round of applause please. I couldn't wait for it to finish, 1 hour 18 minutes it may well be my longest 10k ever!

Here I am with a few other girls who I knew who also happened to be at the race, they were walking and had a great time, maybe I can convince them to run next year.

Well done to my mum, niece and friend Cheryl, it was a real joy to share my love of running with you all.   it was a great day, really great day, although the weather was extreme it will be a day I remember because of the great atmosphere and for someone like me who usually trains and races on their own, it was blessing to share it with others.  In a couple of weeks I start training/coaching two friends who want to take up running and lose weight and in September I will lead a group of girls in a 5k race,I can't wait, finally, finally I have managed to convince others to join me on this crazy running journey, and it feels great. Once again thanks to the other half for his never ending support and awesome pictures.
Happy Running.


  1. what a great race!!! I love your recap and just like most of us, we are too hard on ourselves in how we look.
    you have got great guns lady!!
    I think you would have been a nutter to leave the shirt on. It looks brutal.
    That ladies smile is perfect to describe why we run!
    Tell your family that AngieBee says congrats on a stellar race!!!

  2. lol. That was too funny!! Tell Mister Sloetry that my sneakers smell like roses!!
    Thing is, you look great in your sports bra...proper look fit and strong!

    Thanks for the really was such a beautiful day and you captured it very well. Without you saying "keep going, you're doing well" I would never have kept know what I was thinking... as I was running each time I slowed down my water bottle would stop making noise and then you would say "keep going"...I had planned to walk but keep shaking my water bottle to make you think I was still But I didn't.

    Thanks for a great experience!! And anyone reading should take up the challenge - with Kat's input - you'll definitely feel like a winner!! xx


  3. Great job in that crazy heat Kat! I can't believe you ran it are hardcore woman :)

  4. great job in that heat! everyone looks so cute all dolled up in pink! What a wonderful race for you and your family/friend to enjoy together :)

  5. Great Recap you all look so wonderful! It looks like you all had a ball!