This is just a little update on how my half marathon went and what I wore etc. So starting with the beginning... I decided I wanted to run a half marathon before I moved in memory of my friend who was killed in Afghanistan so I looked at which one I could do and which one gave me some time to train and I found the Bupa Great Birmingham Run. It was on the 21st October 2012 (I was looking at the end of April) so this was what I thought enough time to train. I decided to run for Help for Heroes because it is so close to my heart and needs all the support it can get for those wonderful men and women! When I started I did a little bit of jogging and walking to get myself in to it and then gradually started to learn to run. I tried to jog or run every other day and towards the end built it up to nearly everyday. Before I knew it the half marathon had come round and I was ready to leave for Birmingham to do one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do.
Here are a couple of pictures...
I went down on the Saturday and stuffed my face with carbs! (potatoes, pasta and bread) Its not as fun as it sounds. When I woke up on the Sunday I was beyond nervous and went to McDonalds for some porridgeand a banana and then made my way to the start line!Here is when I was getting ready and when I went to go start the run!
I went to the start line and was so nervous but I had so much adrenaline running through me I was just so excited to get it done! I set off at 11:09am and started on my 13.1 mile trek Through out we were given water and powerade to keep us going and some lovely girls handed me sweets! And there was a guy who gave me a hug and told me to keep going, he was also running for help for heroes, this really gave me a massive boost! I think I was on that much of a high I didn't realize how far I ran and quite how I did it. I just kept going. When I hit 11 miles I walked 0.25 miles to give me a little energy boost to help me run the last bit. When I saw the finish line I nearly cried I passed it in 2 hours and 38 minutes. I was so proud! It is one of the best things I have every done but also one of the hardest. I had cut toe nails, blisters, bleeding where my legs rubbed together and dodgy knees. It has now been nearly 2 weeks and I am suffering from damaged ligaments in my knee and a damaged hip from over doing it, but it was all worth it knowing I did it in memory of someone so close to my heart!!!
I will leave you with some pictures :)
And my Thank You from Help for Heroes!!!
Actually cried when I got this in the post!!!
Hope you have all enjoyed this post. A little bit different to beauty but very special to me!
Hope you are all well!
Samantha Louise XX