Sunday, 3 October 2010

10K Hampton Court - 2010/10

Everyone of you knows that Mike is the sporty one in our family. I only take part in a race twice a year for a very noble cause – 5K in Hyde Park for cancer research. This year, because we went to New York I had to miss one race. This tought me a lesson – never to go on holiday if it conflicts with the race. Why? Because Mike will take a revenge and instead of 5K he will make you to run twice as long.

Well, I should know it by now. A few years ago when we used to go to yoga classes during the lunch time to the nearby gym, Mike always made me run there and back. Once, because of a meeting he had to skip the class so instead I walked to the gym with Jamie. And guess what – after the yoga Mike was waiting for us outside the gym. First word he said was – let me guess, you were thinking of walking back to the office, weren’t you? Forget it – let's run.

So we ended up at the start line of the 10K race in Hampton Court. It turned out that this race is a bit more “serious” than the one I do in Hyde Park. People looked like serious runners, unlike in Hyde Park where there is more relaxed atmosphere and people are dressed up. We turned up dressed in pink (yes – Mike was wearing leg warmers) while everyone was in blue. Oh well – we decided to enjoy the day and all the attention we were receiving.





Mike was as nervous as before his race. After a bit of negotiation on should we start with sub-45min or 60+ min we decided to compromise and start with below 60min group. As it was raining for the last few days it became quite muddy. Mike looked after me as never (I guess he was petrified that I will have a go at him and bite his head off). I was petrified, as it was the longest distance I ever run. So we set off.

We managed to complete the race without any arguments and still on speaking terms. I’ve managed to run (or in Mike’s term walk fast) entire course.




To summarise, it was an interesting race. I’ve made personal best in 1:02 (well it wasn’t difficult because it was my 1st race so any time would be PB) and for Mike it was the slowest 10K he has ever done. My next race is in July, next year. Until then back to normal – Mike competing and getting decent times, myself taking photos and cheering him up.

10km Hampton Court (Polski) - 2010/10

Jak do tej pory moje sportowe wyczyny koncentrowaly sie do przebiegniecia 5km 2 razy do roku w celach charytatywnych - ku walce z nowotworem. W tym roku zmuszona bylam opusic drugi bieg bo bylismy w Nowym Yorku, czyli lekcja numer 1 - nie jechac na wakacje jesli data pokrywa sie z zawodami. Dlaczego? Bo Michal nie odpusci, i zamiast 5km trzeba bedzie przetruptac 2 razy tyle - czyli 10km.
Tak tez zanalazlam sie na starcie 10km biegu, najdluzszego jaki kiedykolwiek robilam.I jak sie okazalo (dopiero po zawodach) oboje bylismy przerazeni - ja faktem, ze musze przetruptac 10km cos co nigdy przed tem nie zrobilam) a Michal z obawy czy nie eksploduje i nie "odgryze mu glowy" ze zlosci.

Tak wec znalezlismy sie na starcie 2 godz przed startem. Michal tak samo przejety, albo i wiecej, jak swoimi zawodami. Myslac, ze atmosfera bedzie podobna jak w Hyde Park (tych zawodach co zazwyczaj robie) ubrani bylimy na rozowo (kolor organizacji charytywnej raka piersi) - i tu niespodzianka - wszyscy ubrani na niebiesko (bo inny sponsor) wiec wyroznialismy sie troche z tlumu, szczegolnie Michal - chlop w rozowych podkolanowkach :) No coz - szlachetny cel i na wesolo latwiej.

Tak wiec stanelismy na starcie razem z 3,500 startujacymi. Michal oczywiscie pchal sie na sam przod, ja na sam koniec wiec w ramach kompromisu postawilismy sie w srodku. Michal dogladal mnie jak kura jajko - nie poganial, dopingowal, wskazywal kaluze ...... Tak wiec po 1:02 godz wbieglismy na mete umurosani jak swinki, bo padalo przez 2 dni a bieg byl wiekszosci po trawie.

Zawody niezapomniane, ja po raz pierwszy przetruptalam 10km (czyli innymi slowy ustanowilam swoja zyciowke mimo nie imponujacego czasu), Michal przebieg 10km najwolnie w swojej karierze sportowej.

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