Last weekend I participated in the Edinburgh Rat Race which, with hindsight, I actually really enjoyed. I ended up joining up with two random girls to form a hastily put together team as, with a week to go, both of my original team mates had to drop out due to injury and illness. I suffered in the heat, badly underestimated just how much food and water I would need and was very much lantern rouge it has to be said.
Despite my total lack of training due to recovering from shin splints and a dodgy knee (thanks to the Edinburgh 10k two months ago) we finished 58th from over 200 teams.
I’m trying to balance the memory of just how drained I was feeling towards the end against the curiosity of how much of an improvement I could make if I trained properly for a good few months beforehand.