Couch to 5k review and my first 5k experience! GUEST POST

I’m sure you all remember Sarah and her great post about starting the C25k program earlier this year.  Well, she’s only gone and finished it, and run THREE 5k races already!  I can’t wait to hear her couch to 5k review, so take it away Sarah! 

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I’m back! Thanks so much to Pam again for letting me share my story here. I hope it helps even one of you reading to get hooked like me (spoiler alert!)

You guys, it’s been such a long time since I posted here about my first ever run I can’t quite believe how much has happened in that time. Are you ready for a rundown of 8 weeks in one go? Let’s get into it then.

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A year of running in New York, and some other places too

2015 running new york

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I did a LOT of running in New York this year.  I’ve completed my NYRR 9+1 race/volunteer requirements this year, which means I’ve got guaranteed entry into the 2016 marathon.  

Seriously.  I’M RUNNING THE FREAKING NYC MARATHON NEXT YEAR

I’m already excited.  I’ve never run a marathon before, but I’ve been running short distances for over a year now so I’m ready.  It’s time for the next big challenge.

It seems like a good time to do an end-of-year review of my races (only a month late!). Between my running in New York and also in surrounding areas, I’ve completed 19 races in total – nearly 2 a month!  It’s been a good year, and going into 2016 I have built a good base to build on with even more challenging goals.  With that, let’s recap on my busy running year!

RUNNING IN NEW YORK (AND THE REST): 2015 IN RACES: 

Race 1: Scotland Run 10k

4th April 2015: Finishing time 1:16:18, average pace 12:17min/mi

Running in New York City
Posing with the Edgewater Running Divas (and honorary diva) before the race

This is my favourite NYRR race in the entire race calendar – although I think I’m the only actual Scottish person to run in it!  The Scotland Run is usually my first 10k of the year, spring is in the air and the icy chill of the winter months is starting to subside.  Weather is perfect for running at this time and everyone is in great spirits.

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Big Bouncy Balls! Wipeout Run NYC review

Today was the Wipeout run in Brooklyn.  What a fun race!!

TL;DR – AMAZING fun day out.  The obstacles were super fun but wish they would have been more challenging

The difficult-for-a-heavy-girl jumping photograph
The difficult-for-a-heavy-girl jumping photograph

Race Review

Wipeout run is a themed 5k obstacle race, with inflatable obstacles based on the show Wipeout.  Obstacles included jumping over big inflatable balls, hurling yourself onto big slip’n’slides, throwing yourself over large inflatable water slides and running across balance beams while big red balls try and hit you in the face.  This is my first race review, so I’m going to keep it short and to the point:

Because big inflatable words are my jam
Because big inflatable words are my jam

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