Harriet trains for the Great North Run

16 July 2013
Harriet Norris
Personal trainer Harriet Norris took part in the Great North Run in September 2013. As part of her preparation she ran 8.2 mile Dorridge Fun Run in June.

It was tough – but she made it. And she raised funds too! Here are extracts from Harriet's Blog:

"So as many of you know I have a place for this year’s Great North Run to raise money for Children with Cancer UK.  As part of my training I decided to sign up the Dorridge Fun Run on Sunday 16th June.

My clients challenged me to run in fancy dress
One of my clients challenged me to run it in fancy dress to help raise more money for my chosen charity. It soon became clear after a few more conversations with other clients that people were willing to sponsor me to get their own back on their tough training sessions with me!

Winnie the Pooh was chosen for my fancy dress and the donations started flying in. Since the long first run I blogged about a few weeks back I haven’t really run much because of sore shin splints, so 8.2 miles was a hard enough prospect without the added challenge of doing it in fancy dress. I have been keeping my fitness levels up by cycling, swimming and gym work.

Winnie the Pooh on race day
Sunday 16th soon came round and after a big bowl of porridge for energy I drove to Dorridge dressed as Winnie the Pooh. I did get funny looks from other runners and children.  I saw one other guy in fancy dress and we did exchange knowing nervous grins.

The atmosphere at the start was fantastic with over 1,700 people taking part and a great family day out. I soon got chatting to other runners around me with the topic of most conversations being ‘how on earth are you going to run 8.2 miles in that…..aren’t you going to get a bit hot?’

Overheating and uncomfortable
On many occasions my thoughts drifted to the children I was raising money for and it put my small amount of discomfort into perspective.Well after one mile I was majorly overheating and the sun was getting hotter. The costume itself was quite comfortable to start with until the tape folding the cushions to my body started to rub on my waist.

The first water station seemed to take ages to come.  At about 2 miles there was a route split with the sensible people running three miles turning off back to the finish line. I heard someone in the crowd say “oh no poor pooh is running eight miles not three!” and I really started to regret this decision.

The first four miles went really slow and my legs were in pain. I focused on running from shady spot to shady spot and then water stations to throw water on myself.

Five miles in and my parents showed up on the side of the route to support me which gave me a huge boost. 3.2 miles to go I was over half way and there was no way I was giving up.

On many occasions my thoughts drifted to the children I was raising money for and it put my small amount of discomfort into perspective.

Yes it hurt, but I'm delighted!
Seven Yes it hurt, yes it was hard but I was delighted to finish and raise money for this fantastic charity.
mile marker behind me in the distance I started to dream of the finish line and getting this stupidly hot costume off. I did quite enjoy the last mile passing other finishers on their way home with a big smile on their face. I even found the energy to speed up for the last 60m uphill finish.

The party atmosphere on the finish line was fab with a live band playing and the smell of BBQ’s - it was perfect and I soon forgot the last 97 minutes of agony.

Yes it hurt, yes it was hard but I was delighted to finish and raise money for this fantastic charity. Bring on the Great North Run on September 15th 2013!

If you would like to sponsor me please follow the link. THANK YOU."

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