I’ve ran the Edinburgh Mo-Run the last 2 years with my original running buddy and really enjoyed it but life happens and neither of us did it this year.
However when they announced it would also be in Perth I checked the date and it worked for me so I signed up. Unfortunately Frazer still didn’t fancy it but my other half said he would run it. We decided to dress up seeing as we had costumes from a wedding we had just been to but we woke up to an absolutely freezing morning so Wonder Woman is going to have to wait a while for her first run! Instead I opted for my Cheshire Cat Leggings because who doesn’t want two huge cats eyes on their butt cheeks?
Joe decided not to run as well as he wasn’t keen to pay £25 to run places he runs anyway. Plus I’m pretty sure he’s about to hit me with a ‘hey I’m going to sign up to these 3 races that are £300 each, you cool with that?’. He’s playing his cards well ha ha.
My lovely Mum came down to the start too which was nice and I met up with Lorner and her eldest who were doing the 5k and a few other road runners. Caroline was impressively colour co-ordinated with a purple wig and purple tights. I won’t lie, the wig had me in a trance. I just loved how it bobbed up and down very sixties style!
The 5k went off first and then the 10k just 10 minutes after. We headed out round the Inch and very quickly I knew this wasn’t going to be a PB run with the ice on the ground but then this was a charity run – a fun run – so it didn’t bother me. Under the bridge and we then headed in to town. It was quiet but there were some supporters out cheering and laughing at some of the costumes running by. Just before 1k I started passing some of the 5k runners. We were doing the same route but the 10k did it twice. There were quite a lot giving the 5k a go and I cheered every one of them on. It’s not easy putting yourself out there like that, not something I will ever forget.
Down the high street and unfortunately I had to stop at the road. A few runners in front of me had stopped and were waiting at the zebra crossing for the cars to go past. This is the only bit that marginally annoyed me to be honest but only because it puts me off my pace. Back on to the Inch and I knew then the course was going to be significantly short. I was more focused on the ice on the ground though and not falling and getting an injury which to me was much more important. It’s a long drag along the Inch so I tried to focus on catching up with Lorner and her son. When I spotted them it gave me that little push to try and keep pace. And just in front of them was Caroline and her purple wig. Awesome.
The turn at the end of the Inch was treacherous and never have I been more thankful for a marshall insisting on everyone slowing down. I slipped but didn’t fall so it was few walking steps to make sure I was steady on my feet before running again. I kept an eye out for my mum and Joe so I could tell them she was just coming but turns out they had found refuge in a cafe! Can’t blame them though, it was freezing.
Back round for the second lap and I was having a few ‘issues’ with my Cat’s Eye’s leggings. The eyes were creeping closer to the ground so I was constantly trying to pull them up. I started off discreetly pulling them at each side, watching to see if anyone was around me but I ended up both hands yanking them up every few minutes any dignity well and truly gone! Don’t get me wrong I really love them and they are comfy but they are not for staying up when you are running any distance. I apologize to anyone that had to witness this – it was not attractive!
Across the line and I briefly considered carrying on to make it the full 10k but quickly decided against it given it was just a fun run at the end of the day. Plus, it was cold. Very cold. And very icy.
My youngest was given a spare ‘Mini Mo Runner’ headband which he took great pride in wearing along with my medal and we headed back to the car. We had tickets to go to the cinema that afternoon and we still had the usual Sunday stuff to do.
There was quite a lot of grumbling about the course being short – and to be fair I measured it a full mile short which is quite a bit. We found out later the course was cut last minute due to the ice which is quite clearly the right decision. The turn to come back was treacherous enough. The issue came because this information was not passed on to the runners at the start. There have been a few complaining that other areas were bad so how could the closed off section be any worse but at the end of the day it’s Mo Run’s responsibility and decision. They have since offered a free place for next year to the 10k runners which, in my opinion, is an impressive thing to do. It’s a charity run at the end of the day so they will be losing the funds from these entries. Although I know quite a few that ran the 5k I don’t think I am in a position to comment on them not being offered a free place so i won’t.
All I will say is I enjoyed the run. It’s fun, the marshalls were amazing, there was a lot of them on course and I enjoyed it. I will take up their offer of a place next year but I will make sure I raise at least the cost of my place so the charity doesn’t lose out.
And I will continue to wear funky leggings!