I ran a half marathon!
Good evening guys and gals, sorry Sunday's post is up a little late... yesterday I ran the Bath Half marathon and so spent my evening having a relaxing bath, trying to massage my aching legs and ended up hitting the sack pretty early! 😴😴😴 Even saying the words seems so surreal. I RAN A HALF MARATHON. I can't believe I actually did it!
I only decided to set myself this challenge eight weeks ago with the hope of raising some money for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process. Knowing that the week before the race was meant to be spent resting before the big day, I was left with seven weeks to train. That may seem slightly mad, (believe me, it was hardcore), but it just goes to show how when you set your mind to something you can really achieve it.
In seven short weeks, I went from being someone who ran 5k at a push now and again, to someone who was able to run 21.1k in one go. That's one hell of an achievement if I say so myself and something I never thought I'd be able to achieve in a million years.
My longest run two weeks before the race was 10 miles (16k), so it wasn't suprising that I had race day jitters having not run the full distance! Luckily for me it was a glorious day weather wise, so the supporters were out in full and the atmosphere was pretty electric.
With my trusty playlist and my mapmyrun app to aid me along the way, it was by no means an easy feat but my little legs managed to complete it somehow and I was ecstatic to finish with a time of 2:17:36!
Over the last few years I have really worked on trying to make my body the best it can be and so have valued spending time at the gym, but if you'd told me three months ago that I'd be running a half marathon this year, I would've laughed in your face!
I'd never have entered the Bath Half if it weren't for my boss' encouragement. Sometimes, all it takes is one person to really believe in you and help you on the way to success. Once I had committed to the challenge, I found that I became really focused on my goal. I was up at the crack of dawn doing morning runs before work, fuelling my body with nutritious, healthy foods and ditching lazy weekends in favour of long distance runs. Never before have I had to push myself so hard mentally and physically.
The last couple of months have really reiterated something for me: positive thinking and determination is the key to success. When you're running around that gruelling course you are battling with yourself. Your body is hurting and your mind begins to doubt your capability but at the end of the day you find the inner strength to push on and not let it defeat you. Whilst running this half marathon has urged me to focus on my fitness and stamina, more importantly it has installed in me a sense of inner strength that I hope I can draw upon in years to come.
The ability to push yourself past your comfort zone and successfully accomplish a new challenge is truly a magnificent thing, and I for one would urge you to go for it, whatever your own little challenge might be, because you might just surprise yourself!
Bisous les filles, bon soirée!