I did it! Miles and milestones - One woman's Great North Run Adventure
Take a Carlisle-born non-runner. Give her a dream about doing a half marathon. Throw in a supportive husband, a talented trainer and a gaggle of encouraging friends and what do you get? Blisters? Unfortunately. Worn out running shoes? Almost definitely. £5,959 raised for a well-deserving charity? Absolutely. A life-changing experience? You better believe it.
After months of #trainingnotrunning and an unbelievable amount of support from family, friends and colleagues I am pleased to say that I have done it! I have completed my first half marathon, raised lots of money for the Royal British Legion and despite the blisters, the black toe nail, the exhaustion and the sunburn (it was a hot one) I'm not ashamed to say that IT FEELS GREAT!
I'm the first to admit that I'm not a natural athlete and there were times that I thought I'd never reach that finish line but I did – in 2 hours 48 minutes and 11 seconds. #soproud
Mind you, I can't take all the credit. I would never have got this far without the overwhelming support of family and friends who went the extra mile to ensure that I too went the extra mile (or 13…) From the regimental alarm calls monitored by my husband Dave, to the effective running plan from my personal trainer, Dave Troman. From afterhours massage therapy (my hips and I say a very big thank you Donna @ Tranquility) to friends who cycled and ran next to me while I pounded the pavements. I owe each and every one of you a HUGE thank you – I simply wouldn't have been able to do it alone.
Similarly, I owe a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me. The generosity of friends, family, colleagues and clients has been overwhelming. Without all your very kind donations there would be no £5,959 (and money is still to come in!) to support the wonderful work carried out by the Royal British Legion. I would just be a tired lass from Carlisle, with big blisters and worn out running shoes… Your very generous support carried me over that finish line and on race day I really did feel that the whole of Cumbria was behind me.
So now it's over and I'm sat at my laptop. I've been refuelling with my favourite foods and resting my aching legs. I'm looking forward to a rest, celebrating my first wedding anniversary and putting the fun back into running. And after that who knows? Now this self-confessed non-athlete has completed the world's biggest half-marathon, I'm feeling like anything is possible… watch this space.