On Sunday 3rd April the annual Reading Half Marathon took place. This year I did something a little crazy and signed up to take part! Having never been a particularly good runner or really enjoyed running when I was younger, I found a new love last year in pounding the pavements and cross country. I normally have my faithful running buddy Murray alongside and hands down he will always be fitter than me! Here’s a photo from a training run back in January;
So training began in January, starting with small runs of 2-3 miles and then the occasional longer run at 5-6 miles. All was going well until I became injured with the dreaded shin splints! Lasting for 3 weeks it took me out of training. Sunday 3rd April was fast approaching and with the help of compression socks I got into the full swing of training again, but was no where near where I wanted to be.
I had signed up to do the Reading Half Marathon with a good friend of mine Izzy, and there we were on Sunday 3rd April 2016, ready to start the half marathon. Lined up amongst our fellow runners, nerves started to set in. Izzy and I went over our plan for the next thirteen miles, run the first two, then walk a mile, then run a mile, then walk a mile and so on till the finish. With Izzy having given birth just 9 weeks ago and my previous injury we thought this was the best course of action…and it paid off. We completed in under three hours, our target time and had the best time. The atmosphere and support around the course was brilliant. Training will continue and we look forward to next year where we will aim for personal best time. Here’s a compulsory pre race selfie and a few more snaps;
Izzy was running just 9 weeks after giving birth, she did amazingly well and I am so so proud of her. She was also running for Cancer Research, to donate to this very worthy cause here is her donation page: