I did it!

2:51 pm, June 22, 2016

Sarah  Burns shares her experience of running Bristol 10k in aid of Southmead Project:

As someone who is not a natural runner, running six and a half miles through Bristol’s streets is no mean feat at the best of times, let alone on a warm day with 12,000 other people. However, I was proud to be running for Southmead Project, a charity I am deeply passionate about, and the whole experience proved to be an exhilarating one. I would say running the 10k for the charity definitely added more meaning and value to the race and spurred me on to achieve my personal best.

The atmosphere was electric, the crowds were hugely supportive and positive, cheering, blowing whistles and urging the runners on. I recall Cumberland Road seemed to go on for an eternity, which was when I had to dig deep into my psychological resources. I was getting tired and a part of me longed to stop and walk, but a voice in my head told me to keep running, to put one foot in front of the other and to focus on the breath flowing in and out of my body.

It’s interesting that running can be strangely meditative. I also remembered why I was running the 10k in the first place and with this in mind I found a second wind and stepped up a gear. I finished the race in 1 hour, 1 minute and 45 seconds, shaving 7 minutes off of last year’s time. Maybe next year I’ll do it in under an hour!

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