After what seems like a rollercoaster 6 months of planning and training, I have finally done it!
This morning, myself, hubs and the three smalls headed off into town. I was feeling much calmer than recent days. We had a quick visit to the charity stand in the village followed by a customary loo stop. Troops gathered and we headed off to the monument to meet others when one of the smalls disappeared. Back tracking to the loos and another runner had seen boy small heading in other direction. Finally found lost child and felt quite sick to the stomach, not a great start! Met with a couple of ladies for a brief chat but missed aliboo 😔 Had another quick loo stop before the start (no toilet roll but had brought my own 😉). The start was very slow and I finally walked under the gantry at almost 6 minutes. There was a first section through the town, weaving this way and that down closed roads. At the point I saw another runner from our run club so we tagged along with each other for support. I was feeling a bit more warmed up by the time we reached the itchen bridge. Slow and steady, through the mister for the long incline. It was good and the down hill off the bridge fab. We took a trip through small streets down to woolston shores, it was very warm along here before turning back towards the dreaded itchen bridge. Water was consumed at each water station at the bridge as it was hot. Back over the bridge, slow and steady. Finally with that section done I met my family at 6.5 miles for a boost prior to heading through the football stadium. Out and over another bridge with an incline up to the bitterne area of town at which point I got a stitch that stayed for the rest of the run. This took us down another road filled with residence hosing us down, to the riverside park with a run along the river, low tide equals stinky air! We took a steeper incline up to the bridge over the river, a real bottle neck. It was about 10 miles done now and I was on training turf so ready for the portswood and highfield lane inclines, slow and steady but ready for water. From here we dropped down into the common reaching 12 miles. Not long to go but did that last mile seem so long! As we went down the avenue my breathing wobbled a bit as I realised how close to the finish I was. I concentrated on slowing my pace to regain focus, just London road into the finish. As I saw the finish my legs went for a sprint over the line! It was done. I had finally completed my half marathon in 2 hours 23 minutes. In warm weather I am very happy with that. Thank you to everyone who has helped and advised me on my hm journey and to those who believed in me!