A few months ago I mentioned that I was taking part in a charity run called Run or Dye which is a 5km run based around the Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’, Run or Dye gives runners the opportunity to experience and celebrate in full colour the thrill of the Festival and introduce the idea of ‘living life on purpose’.
I’ve been running for a few months now so was really looking forward to this run, it’s one of many runs that I’m taking part in on the run up to the London Marathon. I went out on Friday evening with ‘Running Mama’ which is the NCT running group I have started and we did a lovely slow paced 5k jog as I didn’t want to tire myself out too much. When I got back on the Friday evening I was feeling a little achy but I put it down to the fact I had walked/jogged over 14.6km over the course of the day.
We woke up early on Saturday morning as Run or Dye was in Derbyshire and it would take 1hr and 50 minutes to drive to the course. Registration opened at 8am so we figured a 6.00am start would be best.
I got myself registered, picked up my t-shirt and was surprised at just how cold it was. I know it’s autumn but it was freezing. There was frost on the ground and freezing fog in the air. I couldn’t wait to get warmed up and started.
Everyone was in good spirits and making use of their free colour sachets, the warm up was great fun and although the run was delayed by 15 minutes it only fuelled the excitement.
I was 6 rows from the front at the start and got off to a great start. I had aimed to complete the course in under 25 minutes and my first 2km were a breeze but that’s when things started to go wrong.
By the time I got to 2.5km I had a terrible pain in my left buttock and back of my leg, the pain was really bad but I put it down to doing too much on the Friday and ran through it.
At 3.5km I had slowed down to a fast walking pace which was faster than a slow jog but less painful, I made sure to sprint through the colour cannons at each remaining km though. I’d texted David who was waiting at the finish with Arthur to let him know that I was in pain but would push through, I think he expected me to quit as he seemed surprised when I said I would continue.
I finally finished after 32 minutes and as soon as I saw David and Arthur I couldn’t hold back the tears. I felt like I’d not only let myself down but them too, I dragged them out of bed and on an almost two hour drive to Derbyshire where I left them standing around in the cold while I ran. I’m running the London marathon for Save the Children next year and at the speed I ran this run my friend told me I would be looking at 4.5-5 hours to complete which just isn’t good enough.
When we got home on Saturday I felt terrible, so bad that I actually had to go and sleep for two hours which is something I haven’t done since I was pregnant with Arthur, I should have known then that something wasn’t right. Saturday evening arrived and I had the most awful sinus pain and headache which just wouldn’t go away, I had the shivers so bad that I had to put the heating on.
Sunday was spent lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and I’m writing this today (Monday morning) felling dreadful. I now realise that I ran on Saturday just before coming down with an illness that was going to knock me out of my usual schedule, instead of feeling angry that my time was rubbish I should be feeling proud that I managed to run a 5km race a couple of hours before my body was overcome by sickness.
I’ll be signing up to Run or Dye 2016 and lets hope next year I don’t come down with sickness immediately after the race!
Did you participate in Run or Dye this year?