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My 1st Half Marathon

posted on Monday, 21st February 2011 | find under 


Well what a weekend I have had, more precisely what a Sunday Morning!

I completed my 1st Half Marathon!

I did it in 1:57:56!

I got up at 5.30am on a Sunday, I didn't think that time existed on a Sunday and I caught the train down to Brighton to finally take part in a Half Marathon, a goal that I had wanted to achieve since I had started here at Sweaty Betty. I have done many 10km races and felt the natural progression to challenge myself would be a Half Marathon.

To say I was nervous would be a slight understatement, but I had put in all the training and I was well equipped, in my new Victor Seamless Tee, and favorite 10k tights, my trusty Shock Absorber Run Bra, Asics Gel-Kayano17, and my favorite of all the socks the Anti- Bacterial Run Sock which is made out of soft Bamboo, they are like little blankets on your feet when running! Finally but my no means least my Trusty Swiftie Cap...

Whilst you shouldn't run a race in something new I was determined to wear my new Tee, and well I have to say it was GREAT!  Very comfortable and easy to wear and the best thing about for me was it stayed down and didn't slip up and to top it off was super flattering across the stomach area!!

Also, it was the perfect layer for the weather, which wasn't too cold and thankfully it wasn't too windy, which was a bonus considering the route was along the sea front!

How was it I hear you ask...
Well, I received a Facebook message on Saturday from a friend and she said,

'Go hard on the run Lisa tomorrow! The pain will only be temporary!’

And, while I still have sore knees she was right, all I kept thinking when I was running was,  'The pain will be temporary, the pain will be temporary...!' and with that, and thinking come on the faster you run the faster you get to the finish line, I went as fast as I could all the way round, and well when I turned the soft bend to reveal the finish line it was like tunnel vision... nothing, and I mean nothing would have distracted me from getting to the finish line!
I was a woman on a mission in that last 200m....

When I got over the finish line, I had a massive rush of elation and emotion I nearly even shed a tear of joy, but held it back!

This had been just about one of the most challenging experiences I have had! Whilst it was not the most physically painful I have had, it was one of the most mentally tough things I have done!
But, the crazy thing is I would do it all over again!!!!

I LOVED it.... :D

The high from achieving something you have dreamt of achieving for such a long time still hasn't gone , and I think I could live off this feeling for a while I have to say it could become addictive!
So much so when a work colleague Facebooked me, 'What's next?' I replied 'The Kingston 16 miler at the end of March!'

So to finish I have a quote which I feel is so true and has helped me to believe I could achive my goal and any goal one sets oneself:

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it. I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning."
Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948, Indian Nationalist Leader

Lisa, Sweaty Betty Designer

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