So from my post back in August, you will see I definitely learned a valuable lesson from my Ben Nevis Faux Pas. Deciding to scale back to a 10k at the end of September felt like such a relief, and like a really sensible decision.
However because I struggle with rational and sensible, when I saw an advert for the pretty muddy 10k obstacle course, around a week before the event itself, I naturally felt called into action despite being nowhere near ready. Within the day it was booked, and as nobody could join me at such short notice I was flying solo for the day.
This is an event I had done before in 2017-however at that point I was not long after completing a half marathon, much fitter and importantly not on my own. The flying solo element was not a barrier to getting me there to do it, company would have been nice but I knew I would have fun all the same. What it did mean however was that I attracted the full force of the mud/water slinging race ‘marshals’ on my round and so as you can see from the image above, got way more than pretty muddy.
This also highlighted yet another lesson I clearly hadn’t learned from Ben Nevis-being prepared for AFTER the event. Without a change of clothes/shoes, and so muddy I was not allowed on the bus in the end I had to call for backup, and my dad had to do a mercy dash to collect me from the opposite end of town in the car-save I would have had to walk about 16 miles home.
It was super fun though, and definitely worth it. It also allowed me to contribute a little to fundraising for Cancer Research UK-which is another charity close to my heart.
I’d love to say I’m slowing things down toward the end of the year, particularly as I am always complaining about having no time, however I seem to still be actively adding to my sub challenge list! Next up, I have a Firewalk in aid of SANDS, a charity supporting families who have experienced stillbirth and neonatal infant death, another extremely worthy cause.