Saturday, 12 March 2016

Half Marathon - ready to go!

Running kit shoes vest and number


It's feeling like rather a long time since booking my Bath half marathon place in October last year...

After twelve weeks of training and about 125 miles of running, it's time. At around 11am tomorrow morning, I'll be setting off for 13.1 miles around the streets of Bath.

I've woken up early on weekends to fit in long runs through the grounds of Ashton Court, pulled on my trainers and high vis running kit to train in the evenings after hospital placements. I've carted my trainers between Bristol, home and placement - determined not to let the constant travelling stop me from preparing. I've run in beautiful sunshine, watched the sun rise over Clifton Suspension Bridge and go down over the fields in Somerset. I've been out in the pouring rain and the freezing cold, wrapped in fleece leggings, a waterproof jacket and lightweight gloves. 

I've hated running, and loved it. I've questioned why on earth I signed up for it, and imagined the feeling of running through cheering crowds and over the finish line.

There have been days where getting out and running for miles have been brilliant. And there have been the days I've really struggled to make myself go for more than ten minutes. And yes, there have been plenty of missed runs (or extra rest days as I like to think of them!) on the days that I simply couldn't be bothered.

But all in all, I've enjoyed preparing for this challenge. I've loved having a goal to aim for and a plan to keep me focused. 

It's easy for me to lose sight of the fact that a few years ago, the idea of a half marathon would have seemed crazy to me. I've done much shorter distances of cross country running, completed a 5k a long, long time ago and got comfortable with 800m at school - but a half marathon didn't feel even close to achievable.

And now it's less than twenty four hours to go...

I did my last run this morning, a very short 15 minutes to warm my muscles up before a good stretching session. I've got my running vest, my race number and my tag all ready and waiting to go. Wish me luck?!

As well as simply challenging myself, I'm taking on the half marathon in aid of Alzheimers Society and you can find my fundraising page right here.

Jennifer
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7 comments

  1. Oh wow. Brilliant. I can't even run 1 mile never mind 13.1

    Good luck x

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    Katie

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  2. I admire anyone that can run as I just don't know how they can do it! You're doing it for a brilliant charity! Good luck! :)

    Ami x
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  3. Woo!! Good luck lovely! Hope it goes well :D

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  4. That's great to hear, accomplished goals and the ones coming are keeping you focused on something that I truly admire, running 13.1 miles!! I'm just taking part now in 10 k races.. But I will embrace discipline to follow your steps and determination to reach that goal... Wish you the best for your running...

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  5. That's great to hear, accomplished goals and the ones coming are keeping you focused on something that I truly admire, running 13.1 miles!! I'm just taking part now in 10 k races.. But I will embrace discipline to follow your steps and determination to reach that goal... Wish you the best for your running...

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  6. Good luck for the run tomorrow, it's more than I could every do, I can't even run a 5k! x
    Amy at Amy & More

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  7. Go you! Good luck, you'll be amazing.

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