So today I finally did it. I finally cracked that elusive sub-2hour half marathon. By the skin of my teeth. But, hey, I did it!
I can’t get this to come out any bigger so in case you want proper proof, here is the result!
I’m so happy 🙂
I have really wanted to get a sub-2-hour half for the last two years. In 2011 I managed 2.03 which I was really pleased with. But last year (it was hot) I had a bad run and came in at 2.12.
The first lap (Bath is a two lap race) went pretty well and I was feeling really good. I felt pretty good all the way t mile 10 and then started to feel that I needed a pee! I tried to ignore the feeling but was getting more and more uncomfortable which was slowing me down. So around mile 11 I dived into a toilet. I felt better after that and the rest of mile 11 felt much more comfortable. But as I had been putting my all in to the race, mile 12 (and the all important .1) were really hard. But I was so determined to have a 1 in front of my result that I just kept going.
The team from Breast Cancer Campaign were a fantastic support, cheering so loudly. I had my name on my shirt so lots of people cheered for me on the way round which makes such a difference. The weather was perfect for me – a bit cold waiting at the start but it stayed overcast and cool the whole way round.
I felt a bit sick at the end and had to stop right over the finish line but soon recovered. I met up with Jess and her brother James who had both done amazing times: Jess did 1.55 and her brother 1.48 I think.
I really don’t think I could have run any faster; I’m just not built for speed. But now I feel that the pressure is off and I don’t have to do it again.
However, this is where things start to get a bit more serious in my training for London. But I feel much better about that run knowing that I won’t be running at the pace I ran today; I can just plod round and get through it.
Now time for sleep…