CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!

It might have taken me several months – and a serious burger deficiency – but on Thursday 14th September, I finally achieved my goal and ran 5km in less than 20 mins.

I was feeling good after work and thought I’d get myself to South Kensington as quickly as I could. And as it turns out, as quickly as I could was 5km in 19:52. I really wasn’t setting off with the intention of getting sub-20 5k – I remember thinking that around 21 mins was a realistic aim – so it came as a huge surprise to me that I completed the first kilometre in 3:58. I made a decision then that this was as good a chance as any, so I thought let’s go for it.

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Unfortunately, kilometres 2 (4:02) and 3 (4:12) brought me back down down to earth and I thought the dream was over. I really questioned whether I’d ever get to eat another burger – which I can assure you is rock bottom for me. But then kilometre 4 came along, the real MVP. Approaching Hyde Park, I blasted out a 3:48 and the dream was well and truly back on. I have no doubt that this moment will go down in history, the turning point in this tale. When a movie is inevitably made about my life in 2032 a young, handsome up-and-coming actor will recreate this momentous scene, and it will almost certainly make the trailer.

Back on target and with one LONG kilometre remaining I just kept telling myself that the promised land was not much further away. Another 4(ish) minutes of pain and it would all be over. I just had to keep on going. I decided that for the rest of the run, I wasn’t going to pay attention to my running app, I was just going keep running and wait for my little automated Nike App friend to tell me I’d completed 5km.

When that moment finally came, I was absolutely battered. My legs were like jelly, I was dripping with sweat and I was not feeling good about the prospect of the 800m walk to South Kensington station (FYI this took me about 20 minutes in the end). I stopped and listened the Mr Nike App and he told me I’d completed it in 19:52 – I was undoubtedly the happiest little boy on the planet. Completely knackered, but so very happy.

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Once I’d processed the fact I’d actually completed my challenge, two thoughts went through my head:

  1. I DID IT. IT’S OFFICIAL, I AM THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE (this part may not be exactly  what I was thinking, but I was certainly very pleased with myself)
  2. Get me a burger and get it to me NOW.

I raced home (by raced, I mean walked very slowly) and told Elin. Thankfully we were on the same wavelength, and she asked me where I wanted to get my burger from. 25 short minutes later, I was showered and Elin and I were tucking into the most gorgeous burgers I could have imagined.

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What a journey it’s been. It’s certainly fitting for me that it ended in a burger. I’m not sure how many people even care, but thanks for those who paid attention to all this nonsense whilst I waffled on. I’m sure we’ll find a new challenge in the new year, but for now, I’m not giving up any more burgers!

Dom 🙂

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