I ran a half marathon…21kms AND I made it within the cutoff time of 3hours…that was my main concern!! That I wouldn’t make it. But I did it in 2hrs58min – talk about cutting it fine!!!!!!
A lot of people have asked me whether I enjoyed it?! Not quite. Guys, this Discovery Series thing is serious. It’s not a fun run. There’s no nice banners or gifts, people screaming and shouting along the way or music playing. No! People are in it to R.A.C.E!!!!!!!!!!!!! So was it fun, no not really.
Did I enjoy running…like actually running…I’m not quite sure how to answer that. The hills were like woah. Post 12/13kms, the runners were so far spread out that I was literally running alone. There’s no “camaraderie” so to speak. At least for the first 10kms, people are cheerful, chatting, even throwing in the odd comment and egg’ing other runners on. Thereafter, people are just focused on finishing the 21.1kms. Full stop.
I AM proud of myself though and what I can say is that I set a goal that seemed totally unrealistic at the start and I achieved it. In fact, a colleague reminded me yesterday of us chatting a few months ago in the kitchen – he suggested I run a 5km and I was absolutely shocked. I told him that there’s no way I can run 5km and now a few months later, I’ve run 21kms 🙂 No I did not run the entire way, I did quite a bit of walking, but that’s my next step! I want to be able to run the entire way. Right now, I can run about 8kms without stopping #runninggoals.
What I was most chuffed about was that at not one point did I feel like giving up, that I couldn’t do it, or that it was too tough to complete. My mind was totally in it and my body was prepared because of all the training I did. When I felt very tired, I just had to reassure myself that I could do it – at times, that included me shouting out loud, things like only 5 more kilometres, you can do it, the people around me must have thought I was going mad, hahaha – at other times, I tried to equate the distance left to a route I knew from training…only 3kms left, this is just the big square you run in the week.
I did it guys, I did it!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’ve now run three out of the four races in the series. I’m on the waiting list for the 4th race, another 21km but it doesn’t look like I’m going to make it and now I’m bummed that I won’t get the full set of medals 😦 But that’s okay!…
I RAN 21KMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!