|Diary of a Reluctant Runner|
I did it - I really did it!
I completed the Ealing Half Marathon.
It was done against all the odds. I'm not a runner, and, although I attempted to become one, my foot injury stopped me from training a couple of months back. So I really wasn't in the best shape to take on 13.1 miles in any form.
But I said I would do it, and even when my race pack didn't appear and I took it as another omen that perhaps I shouldn't take part this year, I still did.
Why? Well, I like a challenge and there is nothing like a half-marathon to challenge you.
I never knew Ealing was quite so hilly though, and although I wasn't exactly running the route it was still very, very tough.
I had some wobbly moments. My legs turned to jelly at about 5 miles in and it took every last ounce of positivity to keep me moving.
At one point I had a police van behind me trying to get me to move along a bit faster because the roads were due to reopen. I was so tempted to ask for a lift back, but I didn't.
The people who cheered us along and the marshalls have to be thanked for doing a brilliant job, it certainly helped me in my plight.
The best moment for me was when the magic marker of 10 miles appeared.
Ok I may have already been overtaken by a runner on his second lap (which I didn't realise at the time) but for me it was still a momentous achievement. Double figures felt so much better than single - and it meant I was closer to the end.
Walking can be just as tough as running. It takes a lot of inner strength to get you through when you just feel like sitting down on the nearest bench and giving up.
But I didn't, I couldn't. I had come so far and approaching the finish line and seeing my family waiting was enough to give me the final push.
I am proud of myself - and no I'm not remotely bothered about being beaten by a gorilla (and 4,000+ others!)
I made it and got back way before midnight too.
Next year I hope to be a lot fitter and much more ready and perhaps I will be able to run more of the route....
Er stop right there.
What on earth am I saying? I'm the RELUCTANT Runner, why on earth would I want to do it again?
Congratulations to the organisers and everyone who ran in Ealing's inaugural Half Marathon - I feel privileged to have been a part of it.
1st October 2012