First up, I’m sorry I’ve been pretty slack these passed few weeks. Training for the half kind of took over for a wee while there and I haven’t been updating on all of the huge events that have happened throughout April. So because I missed it, here is how I finished the month:
Total distance: 83.65 miles
Number of runs: 15
Average distance: 5.6 miles
Furthest distance: 12 miles
April was such a significant month for me, I continued to run further than I’ve ever run before, I had my first experience of the London Marathon (more to come on that), I smashed my target for the year and ran a 10k in 58:19, and I may have booked a little 26.2 mile run in Paris next year! Who knows what I was thinking when I woke up bleary eyed and entered what I thought was a ballot at 7am from my bed, only to receive a confirmation email with my race number. The good news though was that booking a marathon certainly took the pressure of running a half!
I couldn’t possibly wrap up April without talking a bit more about the amazing time I had at the London Marathon. I volunteered along with 20 other club members to marshall at the race so at 6am we headed off on the coach to London town. We were stationed between mile 21/22 and I spent the whole day clapping, cheering and willing people on to the point where my palms tingled for two days after and my voice was almost completely gone by the end of the day. The atmosphere was so great and being able to give that little boost to someone who’d momentarily given up by cheering their name and getting them running again was hugely rewarding! It was a long day but if you ever get the chance to take part in the organisation of the event then do! We even got a marshall’s medal too! (Oh and I may have entered the 2016 ballot….)
Moving on, after 12 weeks of training, lots of great runs, painful runs and runs that ended in tears, the big day finally came, 4th May, bank holiday, the day I would run the Milton Keynes Half Marathon. (*gulp*)
I’d already had my race pack through the post but I arrived nice and early just to make sure I could get settled in plenty of time before the race start. The marathon ended inside MK Dons football stadium so spectators were able to watch from there. A few of my family had come down to see me on the day so all in all I was pretty relaxed and ready to get going. It was a pretty big event, certainly in the thousands of runners and was extremely well organised. I think the size of the task in hand finally hit me when I queued up at the start line and realised this was what I had been working so hard for, for the last three months. I had studied the course quite a bit before hand so knew that the first 5 miles were a slight incline so took the strategy of holding back a bit for the first few miles in the hope I’d then make up plenty of time on the downhills. About a mile into the race I found one of my fellow club members who was also running her first half and was so thankful to see her face! We stuck together for pretty much the whole distance after that and without her I’m not sure I would have done it! We kept a pretty steady pace throughout but by mile 10, my legs had had it. The last three miles were stop start and the hardest three miles I have ever run. Some how I made it through and even managed a little sprint round the stadium after hearing the cheers of my friends and family.
I did it. I ran a half marathon!
The people who came down to support me on the day were amazing and their cheers definitely made the whole experience a little more enjoyable so I honestly can’t thank them enough! I can’t say I’m in a rush to run a half again but I better soon get over that as the next one is in September!
Coming up this month I’ll be torturing myself at the Dunstable Downs 10k (think hills, big hills) and the BUPA London 10k – one I’m really excited about!
2015 mileage to date: 342 (almost halfway!)
Miles to go to hit target: 358