|Me on the right after completing the race|
I had a half marathon booked for Sunday 7th February. Two weeks previous to this I had been struggling to fit in my training around work, and life. But I was determined to complete a 10 mile run before the day of the half marathon. I managed to do this 6 days before half marathon day and completed this in 1 hour 47 minutes. I knew that then, this was the most prepared I could be before this half marathon. No more long runs all week and a week of rest.
I had a couple of rest days then on the Thursday I went for a short 3 mile run, and completed this in 29 minutes. I really wanted to do more but knew that I must not. I needed to rest.
By Friday I was a little bit nervous but a little bit excited. I did not not what to expect. I had never run a half marathon before.
Saturday morning I had another osteopath appointment and was informed that my knee was getting better. At 6.30pm I went into work and finished my shift at 2am. A couple of hours sleep and then my alarm was going off again. It was half marathon day!!
I was feeling nervous. I was feeling excited. But I wasn't as terrified as I thought I would be.
Before I knew it I was at the start line and ready to begin. It was such a great atmosphere chatting to the people around me and any nerves completely left me. The first mile into the race my problem knee started hurting. I couldn't believe it. In the first mile?! The knee doesn't normally start hurting until about 8 miles these days! But still I pushed through, I was determined to keep going.
The half marathon wasn't as hard as I thought, taking into consideration that 7 miles of it were uphill. I finished in 2 hours and 21 minutes which isn't bad as it was my first half marathon, it was very hilly and I had a painful knee to contend with.
Crossing that finish was such an amazing feeling. It felt like an achievement, a success. Now I am looking for another half marathon to enter. I can't wait to do another one!