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Boudavida Women’s 10k Windsor - Karen Ward Blog

November 9, 2016

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Back in the summer I received an email asking if I’d like to be part of the This Girl Can Run 10 group running in the Boudavida Women’s 10k in Windsor. My running partner-in-crime Charlotte, and I both applied to be part of the team. I managed to get selected as one of the 10 women for the team and whilst Charlotte wasn’t offered a place, she still decided to enter so that we could run (and of course blog!) together.

Earlier this year I also found out I’d been given a place to run the London Marathon 2017 on behalf of Asthma UK, which meant that I had been training a little already. However, as someone who suffers from exercise-induced asthma, this made running a lot more difficult! I had been increasing my mileage over the last few weeks, so was looking forward to the race, but on Saturday it turned out to be a very warm day and the course looked lengthy! I achieved a PB when I ran the Yateley 10k back in July, so was determined to go out there and try and better this.

We headed to the Great Park early to meet the other This Girl Can Runners, where I had my photo taken for media and collected a goodie bag which included a pair of HokaOneOne trainers, a Boudavida voucher and loads of Meridian nut butters and bars! I’d recently been introduced to the coconut & peanut nut butter and as Charlotte would say ‘its lush’!

After making our way across the race village (including stopping off at the Pranic Healing tent to cleanse our pre-race auras!) we headed over to the start line with hundreds of other slightly nervous looking women. However, once we set off all the nerves seemed to disappear and all you could see were smiles from the other runners around. We set off along the Long Walk and straight up the first hill, which was a bit of test so early on in the race!  If I was to achieve a new PB, I had to stick to a pace of just over 6mph per hour. We were on track and doing well despite the hills - the course had been described as undulating, but I think they may have slightly down played this point! However, we kept on going and enjoyed the very picturesque views around the Great Park.

Unfortunately, both Charlotte and I did begin to slow down during the middle of the race, as the hills and sunshine began to take their toll, but nonetheless we were still enjoying ourselves. The final 2km took us back down the Long Walk, running down the hill that had started the race.

Despite picking some speed back up at the end the PB on the day was not to be. However, we still finished the race in a respectable 74 minutes! I’ve never been a natural runner, but over the past 18 months, I have completed the Couch to 5k initiative, the 5k to 10k programme and have enjoyed taking part in several different runs across the county, including the Boudavida 10k, so will definitely be signing up again for next year!

To find out more about my fundraising and running journey, visit: https://runningforasthma.wordpress.com/

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