Couch to 21k: entry five

Faculty: Science and Engineering
Category: Sport

15 February 2018

Sports Marketing trainee Karan with a medal after a run

On the advice of other runners, I did a practice 10K race so I could get a feel of what race day is like.

It was a freezing cold morning but I absolutely loved the whole experience! The course was four loops of the Olympic Park in Stratford and I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to run at. Not only was it inspiring to be surrounded by all the Olympic stadiums where the athletes competed in the 2012 Games, but part of the course went along the river, which was really scenic.

As it was my first 10K race I was hoping for a time around 55 minutes but I managed to do it in 49:06, which blew my expectations out of the water.

As well as setting my first time for a 10K, during the run I also set new personal bests for distances of 5km, 2 miles, 1 mile, 1km and half a mile. To make things even better, we were given medals and refreshments at the finish line which was a nice boost after the race.

It might have been because we were running in the Olympic Park or the fact that I beat my target time but I felt like Mo Farah after the race! It’s made me even more excited for the Cambridge Half Marathon as even though it was a relatively small event, I was still buzzing off the atmosphere.

After the excitement of the Olympic Park 10k, it was back to reality on the next weekend as I was doing a long run on a Sunday by myself. After doing a loop of Hyde Park, I continued running to Regent's Park and did 14km in total. It was a good run but it was naïve of me to leave the park as the streets were quite busy, especially around Madame Tussauds.

I’ve also kept up with the Campus Sport jogging groups during the week to complement my runs at the weekend. It’s been great to meet new people there and I’ve enjoyed every one so far (even the hill sessions!).

Away from running, I also smashed another one of my targets as my JustGiving page for the Cambridge Half Marathon reached £400 which beats my initial goal of £300.

Overall, I’m feeling really positive at the moment and hope this continues in my final few weeks of training.

By Karan Gadhia


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