Greg Cann – Final Ambassador’s BlogYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH BAAAABBBBYYYYYYY! Mens 10K, thats what I’m talking about….
I had great plans for the week’s run up. After the exertions of last weekend’s Race to the Tower, 52 miles and thousands of feet elevation, I was planning some rest, a couple of loose runs and lazy day ahead of the Sunday….BUT, crappy times at work, feeling low and lethargic, and then a day of reffing at the Homeless Rugby International meant only ONE run and on my feet most of 48 hours before the run (and a rock gig and a couple of beers – but that was self-inflicted!)
So Saturday evening was spent resting up, eating and packing small bag – couple of gels to choose, chew bloks and drinks…pack the red ‘intraINing’ shirt and some socks – we are good to go. Scotrail did the business Sunday morning and I arrived at Riverside with plenty time to warm up.
So, into the pen and ready to go…apprehensive and excited, as well as surprisingly emotional. Mentioned in my last blog, this year is the 15th Anniversary of my Dad’s death, and with kids myself, running a Men’s race on Father’s Day, seeing all the children with signs for their Dads, I have to admit I did tear up a couple of times while running…BUT great work to every dad that ran, and their kids that supported!
Fantastic route, with plenty of support – packed the music in after 5k and enjoyed the atmosphere. Even sort of enjoyed the rain around Glasgow Green – helped me take mind off the hidden hills that kept appearing!!! Felt pretty good for at least 7k – second surprise of day, was overtaken by the legend that is Scott Meenagh. Some of you may know of him, but he was a promising young rugby player who joined the Army, but while serving lost both his legs – he now competes in Paralympic disciplines and is SERIOUSLY fit. Was great to chat (briefly) to him as he almost flew across the bridges and away! Apparently his first Mens 10K…45mins?! How can you not be motivated by someone like Scott – so inspirational!
I finished in my target of sub 50mins…depending on what watch you look at, something around 46/47 mins. Looks like I am at a plateau since that is the same time(s) as the last 3 years, but I am comfortable now with myself, my pace and am NOT constantly comparing myself to times & other runners. Not the fastest (saw someone came in around 33minutes! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!), but the pace is unimportant – today more than ever, it is the belief in completing, the passion to compete and complete, no matter the distance. It is using the time to think and free/clear the mind and focus on what is important to YOU… whatever your reason for running today (and in past/future), WELL DONE. While we share a lot, our motivations are personal, important and should NEVER be withheld…
There are too many people to thank for this, but Michael and the Men’s 10k crew for selecting and supporting; Robert at SAMH for being a sounding board; Running Dads and various twitter accounts for putting up with my tweets and musings; work colleague(s) & friends for encouragement & support (and putting up with my ‘swelfies’); Family for EVERYTHING… <3. Now, time for bacon sandwiches, tea, cake and biscuits…whatever you are up to, with whomever, enjoy it. Thanks to you all… G