10K to Half Marathon - My Story
Updated: Jul 27, 2018
Some of you may be aware that I've been training for a half marathon. It featured as #25 in my "30 Before 30" post and finally I've done it! I've been training for this half marathon for what feel like forever and I want to let you know what the process was for me and how I managed to reach this level of fitness.
I finished my second year of uni and was just about to go in to my placement when I decided I wanted to take on this challenge. If you've been to uni then you know that you spend some time working, some time at uni, a tonne of time in bed and a tonne of time partying. This already put me at quite a big disadvantage, but hey, I still powered through.
Luckily I was training with my dad, who has already completed many half marathons and marathons so acted as my trainer/running buddy. He suggested to start off doing smaller runs more regularly so I joined my local Park Run and I've been running them more of less every week since June. The next target I set myself was to complete the Bournemouth 10K event in October 2017. My Dad and I gradually started to do longer and longer run and, for me, this was the hardest point. Trying to tackle the 6 mile mark when you're so used to running 3 miles relatively quickly was really challenging but I managed to complete the 10k in 1 hour 3 mins (which I thought wasn't too bad).
Next... the Southampton half marathon.
The Southampton half and full marathon this year is on 22 April 2018 so I had 6 months to go from running 6 miles to running 13.1 miles. I ran twice a week, once on the Saturday for Park Run and then one other time during the week, preferably a longer run. There were so many times when I just wanted to give up and when I thought I'd hit "The Wall" which is when a runner experiences a sudden loss of energy in a long race. Or sometime I would feel so unmotivated to run due to the fact it was so cold and dark outside but soon I realised that they were the perfect running conditions. My Dad always says that in the summer when the sun is out it encourages people to go running but more often than not they get too hot and give up but in cold weather that cools you down so you can keep running.
On the race day it was so hot so my aim was just to finish but I persevered and I managed to complete it in 2 hours and 28 mins (a personal best for time and distance)!!
Whenever I ran on a treadmill I always used to listen to music, but when I was running in Southampton I was so glad that I didnt. There were so many people cheering runners on and handing out sweets. Coz it was one of the hottest marathon events in history people even turned on their hoses and let runner go through them to cool themselves down. This was one of the best things in the world.
I had to much fun doing this but I never realised how much time and commitment was involved but I’d love to do it agin (but not in any time soon coz my legs and killing me!!).