I did it! I ran a whole 13.1 miles! In 2 hours and 41 mins! I ran the whole way!
I even did a swimming gala the night before. Then all the way to Cardiff I didn’t want to be doing it. But I got to the start line and waited then set off with everyone else and made it!
Most of the club were in the waves before the yellow, but three of us were together at the start.
I really enjoyed it. I set off well and although faster than planned (I did the first five miles at 11 minute pace!) I kept going. It was the perfect temperature and the sun was out. The route started at the castle then headed out towards the bay and back up to where I lived when at university, then on to the park where I first taught myself to run and back to the castle.
I was fine until mile mile 9. Then I got tired and started to feel it, but I was still with lots of people; sometimes overtaking and sometimes being overtaken. But I was no where near last. I struggled between mile 10 and 12, but just kept putting one foot in front of the other. A lovely lady chatted with me for mile 11 and that kept us both going, then it was the last mile. The crowd really picked up and were great all through that last mile.
Weirdly I started wanting to cry as I came to the last corner. I didn’t think I would be able to run the whole way, but I had and I felt okay. I was so proud of myself and happy that I had set myself this challenge and then followed it through to the end and completed something I never thought I would. It was probably relief I was near the end too, but more happiness and joy I’m sure. I need to do things like this to prove to myself I’m capable and strong. I forget that too often and it takes something that takes hard work and where I doubt myself the whole way to make me believe in myself again.
I got the medal and t-shirt and an experience I will never forget. I was so lucky with the day and that helped a lot (the local half was this last weekend and it poured with rain).
I finished and I finished running!