Yesterday I ran the bath half marathon. I'm still on a high
I wanted to inspire those of you who are just starting out or having difficult weeks. Blighted with injury ,.or even lost ur way like me a couple of months ago. Done all that !
I started couch to 5 k 6 months ago. I'm not an athlete or fitness geek. I hated running..not that I had ever run for anything other than a bus. I'm a middle aged grandmother.
My first week was challenging, can still remember running for a minute longing for the walking bit. I remember feeling a bit deflated at the end...what do I do now without Laura? Winter set in and I had to pluck up the courage to run in the dark..and found I loved it with my new running playlist pounding in my ears. Running in the rain. Sub zero runs. Winter solstice at dawn run. Ran with the local running club.
5k became familiar and enjoyable. On good days I'd just keep going.
My son and his girlfriend talked me into applying for the bath half..madness. They are half my age!
And so the day came...me in the running village with all those other runners. What a fab feeling. Running is quite solitary and it was an amazing buzz to be with thousands of others like me..all ages, shapes and sizes.
The race was fantastic..encouragement and entertainment from the crowds offering jelly babies, drinks, sandwiches ( no I didn't have one lol) cake. High 5s from the kids who shouted relentlessly. Running alongside strangers in the last few miles with aching joints and swapping running stories. Thank you people of bath.
The final run to the finish was very emotional and I still feel chocked up thinking about it.
So today as I hobble round the house with my aching legs and black toenail( which I'm quite proud of in a weird way) I just want to say thank you running community, and thank you Laura. You have inspired me and kept me going through thick and thin, and now I want to pass it on to those of you setting out on your running journey.
6 months ago did I think I would run a half marathon??? Dream on...
but I have...and I'm in tears again