We’re used to wearing short shorts and sports bras when running. So stripping just a little bit more wasn’t too scary… (I’m just kidding, it was terrifying!) But all for a good cause – we were helping to raise money Help For Heroes charity by participating in the RHUL Naked Calendar.
Trainers? Check. Number? Check. Energy gels? Check. Hankie tucked into my shorts just in case I need to blow my nose half way round? Check. Timing chip to record the sacred time I did my very first half marathon in? Ch – What? No. That’s still in the envelope on my desk at home. What an idiot. What a plonker. What a dozy doughnut.
But I guess these things happen though don’t they… Don’t they? They must do. A runner has a lot to think about before a race.
After months of training and effort put into that one event, your mind can become a bit jumbled. So, if on the day of the race you forget your spare hankie… don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re only human. (I wish i’d forgotten my hankie instead of the flipping timing chip though).
Unfortunately, with my cheap sports watch, I won’t be sure of my time to the precise millisecond. However, a thing I can be sure of is that running those 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields was one of the most fantastic, most memorable days of my life.
The stress and competitive nature of running is one that we see too much. I’d been looking forward to doing the GNR. I’d been told by several people how amazing the atmosphere is. I’d been told it was the greatest half marathon there is – so my hopes were high. My hopes were quivering, sitting on the mountain tops. Who knew that reality would soar above those mountain tops and into the clouds.
I was really pleased with my stopwatch time of 1 hour 39 minutes. But after 13.1 miles, I crossed the finish line full of energy, bright eyed and barely out of breath. I don’t think this was due to my improvised training plan. It was a result of the crowd, the cheers, the oggy oggy oggys, the oi oi ois, the man with a fridge on his back. It was the contagious buzz and excitement from those around me.
We often treat running as a slog, a painful effort to test our endurance and physical capabilities. We often forget that running should be fun – a celebration of our health and fitness.
Celebrate with me and book your place for the GNR 2015. Timing chip or no timing chip, without a doubt, I’ll be there.
I am doing the Great North Run this September to raise money for Butterwick Hospice. I am filling in for my Cousin Michelle, who unfortunately has had to pull out of the race. But I hope to continue to raise money for such a great charity, and I hope to have a good run too!
I’m 20 years old and from North Yorkshire. I have battled with my health these last few years but currently (very gratefully) feeling strong. Running is something that I love. I love the feeling of freedom and progression that it gives. Various medications aside, I also believe my love for running has somehow helped me maintain my health and prevent relapse.
I have never run a half marathon before but I am very much looking forward to it! I have been training hard and hope to complete it in a respectable time (sub 1hour 50mins).
Thank you in advance for any donations that you may give. Post-run-tomato-red-faced pictures to follow…
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