WIAW #21: Race For Life and The Café

This July fitness-themed WIAW coincides nicely with the Race For Life 5K I did last Saturday. I have been looking forward to this race since January; it was my first ever, and I was incredibly nervous, not only because I never considered myself to be a runner, but also because the weather was horrendous and I had to go straight to work afterwards. It was a close cut, but you’ll see I managed to get it all done in time. 
I was so nervous I forgot to take a picture of my breakfast! About 50g porridge oats with hot water, soya milk, walnuts, Speculoos biscuits and extra dashes of cinnamon. I think there was a banana in there as well. 

Seeing the thousands of women–and men–present in Finsbury Park that Saturday was humbling and inspiring. When running was tough, the cheering crowd definitely helped boost my confidence. 

The funny thing is when you’re absolutely exhausted and you wonder when this ordeal will finally be over–and then you see the finish line ahead of you, you get this insane burst of stamina that pushes you forward. It’s like being attracted by a giant magnet–your lungs are giving out, your legs are screeching, you’re gasping for breath–but you’re going faster than ever. 
And then it’s done.

I finished the race in 27 minutes and 34 seconds. The best I’ve ever run in my life, considering all the hills and the muddy grass of the park. Never been so proud of myself. And you know what? I think–maybe–possibly–that I’m starting to like running. I know. I can’t believe it. This coming from the girl who couldn’t run a 5K in under 30 minutes in high school. 

I power-walked my exhausted but elated self to the cafe 15 minutes down the road while wolfing down an apple and some OJ, where I brought these bad boys to sell. I cleaned myself up in the toilet and then dived straight into work.

This was my lunch, around 3.30pm. Anna, another girl who works at the cafe, makes the best paninis in the world. She thought it was weird the first time I asked her to make me a panini with ‘any vegetables you’ve got in the kitchen’, but to her surprise, it was freaking delicious. This one had avocado, tomato, hummus, lettuce, peppers and olives in it. Cupcake for dessert. Shots of espresso left, right and centre, too. 

My victory meal. I made a courgette and tomato tart when I got home. 

Any of you readers run a race recently? 5K, 10K? Half-marathon? 😉

— Clem

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