Well, I did it. I actually completed a half marathon on Sunday 24th May 2015. Even now I don’t know how it happened, but I have a finishers medal, photographic evidence and witnesses, so it truly happened :-).
I think the key to my successful completion was minimal training. I therefore had no true idea of how far it actually was, or how ill prepared I was! Ignorance was bliss, until I got to 12k, then bliss is not an adjective that readily sprung to mind. At times it felt like I was running/walking through treacle, that my legs weren’t attached to my body, and I couldn’t understand why in my mind I was running, but in actuality I was not.
I was slow, but I finished within the official time bands…only just. I also was able to continue walking after I crossed the line and lift a glass or two of bubbles to my lips in celebration.
My husband was more worried before the start, than me. He suggested, on a number of occasions, that I might die, perhaps of a heart attack or stroke. (He has missed his true vocation as I motivational coach I think!)
The day was hot. I just took it 1k at a time. I was pleased that I ran the first 11k without stopping. (Recently prior to the half, the furthest I ran was about 4k.)
I just decided to keep going, and I did. I am pleased to say our current fundraising total has topped £1,400. (My niece and her boyfriend did it too. They were much faster than me.)
Things I learnt are:
– Don’t overthink a situation, just go for it
– Break a big challenge down into smaller chunks and it is doable
– Music is a good motivator and the right song gives you a lift
– Thinking of family, friends and supporters gives you a boost when you need it
– Proper training would have been a good idea!
So, okay 24th May is the date my mum died, but it is also the date I completed a half marathon. I think she would have been proud of me.