Sun 17 Sep 2017
Yesterday I took part in the Pretty Muddy 10K for Cancer Research UK. This is a 10 km long run with muddy obstacles along the route. Every participant pays £20 to enter and can ask friends and family to sponsor them. All funds raised go directly to the charity.
When I signed up for this with my friend back in April, I was not much of a runner and wasn’t keen on the idea of crawling through the mud either. However, it was for a good cause and it sounded like a proper challenge.
I started training at the beginning of June, using the NHS Couch to 5K plan. This is a brilliant way to build up stamina and fitness. You download a new podcast each week, which you listen to while out running three times a week. It tells you when to walk and when to run, gradually walking less and running more. I couldn’t even run for three minutes when I first started and found the sessions exhausting. However, within 9 weeks I could run for 30 minutes straight. I couldn’t believe how much I had improved.
From there I built up from 30 minutes to an hour, by running a little further each time I went out. By the end of my training I could run 10K in 62 minutes. I was so proud of myself and felt well prepared for the main event.
So, yesterday I arrived at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh with my friend ready to take on the challenge. Our husbands and kids came along to cheer us on.
There were hundreds of ladies of all ages in the first group to go out at 10am, all dressed in pink and raring to go. The course was flat, some was on grass and some on tarmac. There were various obstacles to tackle along the way, including muddy tunnels to clamber through, army nets to crawl under and an A frame to climb over. Everything was easy to do, just not very pleasant because of all the mud. There were lots of team members on hand to cheer us on, whilst also soaking us with water and buckets of mud! It ended with a giant inflatable slide into a muddy pit at the bottom. We had a great time and completed the course in around 80 minutes, including all the obstacles. We were really pleased with this.
Unfortunately our families got a bit bored waiting for us. I think if we were to do it again, we wouldn’t bring them along as there really wasn’t much to keep the kids amused. Luckily the Royal Highland Centre is right next to Edinburgh Airport, so at least they could go and watch the planes taking off.
I’m so glad I did the Pretty Muddy 10K. It was messy but fun. Training for it massively improved my fitness and I plan to keep up the running now it is over. I also managed to raise over £200 for Cancer Research UK, thanks to all the kind people who sponsored me. If you’re thinking of signing up for a Race For Life event, go for it!
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB