For several minutes after passing the start line the only sound was the pattering of thousands of running shoes hitting the road.
I ran well and felt good.
In fact I even appear to be smiling in my official finish line photo.
Considering that three and a half months ago, I hadn’t run for about 25 years, I was actually quite pleased with my placing in my grade (63 out of 233 VW40+).
So now those of my friends who are enthusiastic about running are asking me what the next goal is. At this stage my answer is “Next year”. I was surprisingly comfortable running the 10km distance, so it would be interesting to see what time I could get if I actually pushed myself a bit faster. And no, I’m not addicted (yet).