The Half Marathon – Race Day

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So Race Day…I did it!

I completed the race, I got my race day medal, and that was all before they re-opened the road…😂

The fear of marshals ushering me to hurry, in order to re-open the road, was a haunting feeling in the weeks leading up to the race.

The time limit of the half marathon was 3 hours. Despite having ran it in 2 and half hours during my training, my concern was that this may happen.

But, thankfully, this was not the way of it on race day. Completing the 13.1 Miles in 2 hours 34 minutes…something I’m very proud of.

Mixed Emotions

I deliberately waited some time after race day to write this blog. Although I achieved my goal and completed the race in a respectable time, I have mixed emotions. I didn’t experience the ‘runners high’ I was expecting, and am use to experiencing in all my other races.

My family and friends seemed a little baffled by my somewhat ‘negative’ reaction to my achievement. I too was surprised at my ‘never again’ attitude.

It was tough. It was hot. The local support was both encouraging and pressuring. Unfortunately, I was walking in parts and was dragging myself over the finish line.

This is not what I’m use to in my 10K runs. Usually after race day, I feel euphoric, invincible, and proud.

Afterwards, when people would ask how it went, I would say, ‘it was hell…I don’t think I’ll do that again…I’m definitely a 10K runner’.

It wasn’t until a week or so after when I went out for my first post race run, that I began to appreciate the scale of my achievement.

When I was running on my own, in my own time, with no target, no upcoming race, the familiar feeling of really enjoying my run returned.

Reflection

With reflection race day, I was beginning to acknowledge what a step up it was, and the fact that it was never going to be easy. It was a challenge…but ultimately, one I overcame!!

I’m a busy working mum, with a 4 year old, who I was just about to send off to school, and a 10 month old, approaching his first birthday.

I probably didn’t find enough time to really put the hours in with training, and so it was a little tough…so what!

I know I can do it, I have the medal to prove it. 🏅😁

Never say never, I think the Coventry Half Marathon is scheduled for the spring?! 🤔 😂

#typicalrunner

I want to thank all the people who are responsible for organising the race.

#kenilworthrunners

There was a lovely community spirit on the day, which everyone was enjoying. The effort that goes into setting up a race like this does wonders for the sport, and with the addition of the ‘kids run free’ race, hopefully it will encourage future generations to appreciate their capability, and run!

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