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First half marathon…!

Trying to run a half marathon in my birthday 17/7/2011.

Not sure I’ll make it but my runners pack arrived so I’m getting nervous!

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The route is now published here. Only 2 days to go! 343 miles this year in training and the weather is going to be cool with some rain. Perfect for me.

Race day Update!
We arrived at 9am, plenty of parking and just a 5 minute walk to the start. The weather was perfect for me. 15 degrees c with a threat of rain.
The main problem then being the 200meter queue for the toilets!

 

The dedicated few took part in the warm up while we connected up our Garmins and iPhones. Being first timers we lined up with the sub 3hour marker. It wasn’t long and we were off. The first 500 yards was along an estate road but then we turned onto pathway’s. This was quite crowded and until 3 miles it was a little bit challenging.
By about 6 miles the first shower came and I was feeling pretty good still managing 10 minute miles. But by mile 9 my quads were cramping and it began to get tough. Another shower and it was mile 11. I was having to walk A few yards every half mile and it was sheer will power and crowd support pushing me on now.
The last 500 yards was very hard but I was determined to finish running and managed 2:18:23. Not bad for a first half marathon at age 51.

So the question I still feel uncomfortable answering is… Am I s runner or a jogger?

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