And so the day arrived, September 15th 2013, the day of my first Great North Run.
I had not run a half marathon in 3 years and suffered injury after injury in the time between, I had also put on a bit off timber and on the day of the race weighed in at (a not so impressive) 13 stone 10 lbs – yes I was a fat lad!
My journey had only started six weeks before, after months of physio on an injured shoulder with no sign of it going away I finally said “sod it”…I was fed up with doing nothing and getting fatter & fatter & unfitter too, so I decided to see if I could get a late place in the GNR for a charity I had raised money for before and one that I have a great deal of time For – The Stroke Association.
To my amazement they had places & within a week it was confirmed’ I had a place in the Great North Run 2013 and had only 6 weeks to train for it – the challenge was on! The following 5 weeks would fly by, with more and more injuries mounting and increasingly blistered feet but one week before the race I finally got the distance under my belt running on the canal…I was ready (as ready as I could be anyway)!
The run was amazing, a superb atmosphere from start to finish with over 50,000 runners and what seemed like the same number of people lining the streets spurring us all on.
My training had paid off and I never really had an inkling of stopping to rest and ran the race in its entirety happily high-giving the kids in support and eating the various energy boosting offers on my way round – I even got a glass of isotonic beer at the 10 mile marker which was different!
Anyway, I finished it in good spirits with my final time being a respectable 2 hours 4 minutes…it is safe to say I was chuffed But very knackered. My full run stats can be found on the link below. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/376566299#
I had not beaten the 2 hour mark but had proved that I have a lot more running in me & I had ticked one of my 40 before 40 list…beating the 2 hour half marathon has to be next – watch this space!