Christina arrived to Angie in sunny and sometimes rainy Stockholm on Tuesday morning. During the days leading up to the race… we did everything but run.
Coffee (we’ve had lots of it over these past few days… lots and lots) and
trying new things such as Skippy. I.e. kangaroo burgers. Which were kinda…
good. Sorta. They were. Really. Sorta. ;)
Like we said… lots and lots of coffee. And when the rain came, we went
trying on awesome shoes that we could barely stand in. But they looked
awesome. And then we tried on (and bought!) awesome shoes that we could
actually walk in! Yay! We contemplated running in them during the race,
but thought that might be taking the whole fashion thing slightly too far.
The following day (the day before the big race) we had… more coffee! More food!
And rubber ducks. Enough said.
We went on by celebrating Sweden’s national day by lying out in the sun for hours
and hours. And then we had Swedish meatballs of nom. Like you do when it’s
Sweden’s national day.
Then came… RACE DAY.
Woke up and didn’t much feel like running. At ALL.
Did pretty much nothing all day and STILL didn’t feel like running. At ALL.
So we got into our running clothes and stretched. Thought that would help. We still didn’t feel like running. At ALL.
Finally we decided to just head out to the run site and hang around out there rather than going stir crazy at home. We got there roughly two hours before our start time and still didn’t feel like running. At ALL.
After walking around for a bit and watching the earlier runners take off we laid down in the grass for a bit. And didn’t feel like running. At ALL.
Finally it was time for us to head to the starting area and they had these people there from a gym doing a warm-up with everyone and… all of a sudden, we felt like running. Totally. A lot! :)
6.30 pm rolled around and then we were off! We decided not to run together since our running speeds vary somewhat, which made Christina watch Angie’s pretty stripey running pants for the entire run, whereas Angie had the pleasure of watching old dudes’ behinds. We all get our motivation somewhere. ;)
It was a good running path along the water for the first 4k or so, and then came the hills. And the mud. And the horse path. With the soft gravel and did we mention the hills?
Trust us, we’ve mentioned the hills. A lot.
All joking aside, we were both determined to run our way through the entire race (i.e. absolutely NO walking for the entire 10k), and you know what? Despite the hills and the mud and the horse path with the soft as heck gravel (and did we mention the hills?), WE MADE IT!!!
Angie’s time: 1:08:52
Christina’s time: 1:10:01
But we’d both like to add that had this been a flat 10k (i.e. not filled with hills from hell), we both would’ve finished with new personal best times. So we’re counting these as our best 10k even though they technically weren’t. ;) (That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.)
Now for the truly important stuff. :) We started this out because we wanted to do something for the wonderful charity that is Sanctuary for Kids. Over these past couple of months we’ve had the awesome support of you guys (which has helped a LOT – thank you so much for all the cheering on!), and our grand total in donations have summed up to:
407 CAD$ that have now been donated to Sanctuary for Kids, where it will be put to good use by the wonderful people who run it.
We are extremely proud of this result and we thank you all SO much for helping us get there! You’re all amazing!!
This has been a wonderful project for the both of us, and it has also been something that has kept our motivation up when it comes to our running (which is sometimes very needed ;)). To be able to combine these things (charity and health) is a fabulous thing, and we are so grateful to you all for coming along for the ride.
THANK YOU! <3
//Angie & Christina