Sorry long post alert ! but it was a long run! 🥵
A few weeks ago in a moment of madness I signed up for the Admiral City of Newport Virtual Half Marathon, which had to be completed by the 7th March....no worries, plenty of time........still plenty of time........oh the 7th is tomorrow !! 😮
So today was the day 😬 kit and new ASICS on, Coach Bennett riding shotgun to keep me company. I knew I had to try and pace myself as it’s a hell of a distance, so the plan was a slowish 10k to begin with, which would hopefully do the trick.
I combined two of my normal 10k routes to make up the distance. First route took me to the town centre, followed by a circuit of the park, both really busy. Running through the town centre I felt a bit conscious of some peoples view of joggers lately and them not wearing masks......so avoid eye contact 👀 and pick up the pace 🏃♂️still feeling good as I completed the park circuit and headed home.
But then having reached home, the daunting thought that you’ve got to turn around and head towards the other route 😳 is a shock to the system. All going well but the other route has a killer of a hill, so brisk walked up this, as I did this a lady jogger passed me and said it’s a tough one this isn’t it. I smiled and agreed, thinking it is when you’ve just done 11k !
Carried on jogging the other route but could feel the fatigue kicking in, so the jogging became a lot slower, I stuck with it though only changing this to a brief brisk walk on a few occasions when absolutely necessary.
Eventually and not before time I heard Coach Bennett’s cheery voice saying just 100 meters to go, I wanted to finish with a sprint...wanting to and being able to are two different things and I had absolutely nothing left in the tank so it was more of a victory stagger......but I’d made it!! Yeeeess!!!!! 🥳🥳🥳
My time was what I’d roughly expected, given my current level of fitness and preparation, but that’s ok for my first attempt and gives me something to work with in future, so I’ll take that 😁
Home, showered, hydrated, a nice steak dinner and a cold beer to celebrate 🍺 and I’m feeling as good as new.....except for my achey breaky legs, but it’s a great feeling to know I’ve completed my first half marathon. Another medal and tee shirt to look forward to too.
Happy Running Everyone 🏃♂️🏃♀️🏃♂️🏃♀️🏃♂️🏃♀️