Long story short:
I went, I ran, I conquered!
London Landmarks Half Marathon done…Aimed for 3:00, hoped for 2:30 and achieved 2:28:34 with a cheeky sprint at the end too!
My first half marathon completed – a goal for 2018 achieved.
Long story long:
I shall tell you about the high fives from all the #yellowsweatband runners, the smiles and encouraging words from other runners, the fantastic supporters banging their drums, dancing, singing, cheering us on! I shall tell you how this kept me going especially during mile 7-8 which seemed to stretch to infinity and beyond.
I shall tell you how, when I stumbled and nearly took out all the runners around me (mile 1 really started SO well!) they held me up so I didn’t fall and off we went again!
I shall tell you about miles 10-12 when I was in my own private hell only to look up and see the hubster cheering me on, spurring me on to a quicker finish than I’d thought possible (still makes me quite emotional thinking back to how much support he showed me, how much faith he had in me that I could do this race – this race that I, even at the start, was worried I might not be able to complete without walking).
(please note the face of sheer determination as I sprinted for the finish line – I promise I was smiling on the inside!)
All the way through my training – I kept in mind the following quote from Ayn Rand “The question isn’t who is going to let me; the question is who is going to stop me”. So often the person who stops us is ourselves; we fret, we frown, we don’t believe in ourselves and we listen to that negative demon on our shoulder who whispers in our ear and says we are not good enough. We ignore the angel on the other shoulder who says “yes you can”, the angel that tells us to flap our wings and trust that we will fly…
We need to give our angel the opportunity to sing louder to us than the demon; for it is their voice, their words, their songs which can inspire us to achieve our dreams. We all have an angel singing to us, we just need to learn to start listening…because when we do, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
I am reminded me of a beautiful poem by Erin Hanson, called “What if I fall?”…
Check out Erin Hanson’s website here: http://thepoeticunderground.com/