DONE: Race #4 of the LauranDoes179 ALS Challenge!

Dunbar 10km done!
Dunbar 10km done!

Howdy y’all! How’s everybody? Good? Good! Just wanted to let everybody know that I completed the Dunbar Running Club 10km this morning….the 4th race of my LauranDoes179 Challenge to raise money as part of TeamDrea for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS research. Woohoo!

this morning dawned cloudy but pleasant as Mikey and I set off down the coast to Dunbar, a cute little town on the seaside about 40 minutes south of Edinburgh. We were both competing in the Dunbar Running Club’s annual 10km and it was the first time either one of us had competed in a club run like this. I was a bit nervous that the standard would be beyond my skill level due to it being a club run with a small field of about 300 runners but I shouldn’t have worried. Everyone was so friendly, and the race so well organised and marshalled, that it felt like everyone was in it together – no matter the skill or experience. It was great…a real community event.

Now, onto the race report. It was an undulating course with a long, steady hill between 3 and 4km. I went out wayyyyy too fast on the first kilometre or two and paid for it when I got to that hill. By the time I got to the top I was really hitting the wall. I spent the rest of the race trying to keep it together and just get it done. I also think I was hungry and perhaps a bit dehydrated which may have also held me back a little. But, but, but! I got it done and finished with a smile and it was a really, really good learning experience. I’ve got to remember to keep my pace under control at the beginning of the race and nutritionally prepare well for every race, no matter the distance. I’m really proud of myself for digging deep, being brave, and just getting the race done despite feeling like death. I’m lucky to be able to do it at all and that’s the most important part!

Action shot...dragging my butt over the finish line!
Action shot…dragging my butt over the finish line!

On a super happy note, my gazelle of a husband PBed today at just under 42 minutes! Well done, Mikey! And thank you so much for all your support throughout my challenge so far!

That's Mikey's I'm gonna PB today face. Well done!
That’s Mikey’s I’m gonna PB today face. Well done!

I want to finish with a special thanks to my family, friends, and colleagues for their generous support of my challenge…you guys are seriously incredible and I appreciate your donations so very much. They are going to such a great cause – The Blazeman Foundation does so much good work. For those of you who would still like to donate, see the link below. Any and all support is gratefully accepted!

30.53 miles down, 148.47 miles to go! Next race is the Great Edinburgh Run on the 19th of April!

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