It’s been ages since I wrote on this forum but after my first half marathon seemed like the right time to do so. 😊
I followed the Garmin Coach HM plan throughout summer and loved the variety of the training. Initially my aim was to complete the HM in 2.30ish.
But oh how best laid plans can go out the window! 🤦🏻♀️ Was a very windy day on Sunday and it left a lot of the course exposed. I was doing fine till I hit 10k. The wind on the beach really affected me and with that it was hot!
I decided to run/walk the beach stretch and was doing fine. Then came the huge hill! I knew I was going to walk that anyway which really was tough.
At about 14k I got cramp in my calves so had to stop and stretch. I’ve never had cramp whilst training and couldn’t believe it hit me on race day! 😩
So that was it for continual running - I jeffed the rest of the race. I knew I wouldn’t hit my goal time. Accepted that and just tried to enjoy the rest. I did manage a sprint finish along the pier!
Reflecting back I may not have met my goal time but I completed a half marathon!! It’s a very long way. 😉