Decathlon 5km Running Series

Hello people 😀

Hope you are off to a great start this week!

So as promised, this is what happen last Sunday morning on the Decathlon 5km running series at Surrey Quays…

Having had a very active (and busy week) and having done my 12 miles long run on Friday, when I decided to join my friend Corey for a 5km we both thought “Ok, we’ll take it easy…” and THIS was the exact conversation that went on the day before the race after our yoga class …

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So with that in mind we arrived at Canada water station with a little less than an hour to spare before the race. We went there looking like the first picture and then 15 minutes later we were all dressed up in our bright (very nice and breathable) yellow Decathlon race t-shirts and ready to roll!!!! (I don’t know many people who get THAT excited to wake up at 7:30am on a Sunday to go an hour away to run twice around a park LOL but these are runners for you… 😉 We are a bizarre breed!)

I have to admit, I LOVED the race! First of all it was totally free, well-organised, not massive queues and very helpful staff. Totally loved the (free) snack and fuelling table i think every race should have one!

There was a good amount of people of all ages – i love seeing families running together! Mums with toddlers and dads pushing strollers, I always think it is super cute.

Before the start of the race we all gathered to the start line and had a brief warm up session, then counted down from 5 and then we were off…

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Bright yellow and pink shirts flooded Southwark park! What a great atmosphere! And of course both Corey and myself got so carried away that we totally forgot about our “having fun deal”…

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We both run a sub 25 minutes (even though I am not quite sure that was an exact 5km… so this one doesn’t go on my PB list just yet!) and really pushed it at the end sprinting to the finish line.

After the race we walked to the store to pick up our goodie bags -included power bars and drinks, and just have a look around! Well I have to tell you I was Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 11.23.59.pngSHOCKED!! I can not believe I was in this country for 10 whole months and never knew about this store! Where do I start? The amount of sports stuff and variety – HUGE (from running to climbing and from canoeing to paddle boarding)! The people – super friendly AND knowledgable! Prices?? I wont even mention it! Total bargains compared to prices I have seen around town in other places!

I am so going back there soon! They have all you might need for cycling and as you all remember I do need a new tire.. 😉

 

So all and all it was a great day with a lot of fun 🙂 I totally recommend it to any of my UK friends. They have a few more races coming up in different locations around the country so look it up here and definitely register!

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We might not have taken it easy as promised but we still pushed each other to the best of our abilities. I am grateful to have found such awesome people to run/workout with as it isn’t so easy in a very busy and crowded city like London!

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