Month 3 of my 1000 mile running challenge to make a difference to adults with cancer in Northampton General Hospital.
Total run this month is 62 miles. This is what I got up to.
12th March 2017
Silverstone Half Marathon
So I was buzzing when the Silverstone Half Marathon Pack dropped through my letter box at the beginning of March. Then the realisation hit, I was actually going to have to run this. I had never done a race without some form of obstacle, especially one this length. So I went from excitement, to being a bit apprehensive.
Everyone kept asking me what time were you aiming for? I didn’t know. My way of running is to run and see what happens on the day, which is the stance I took this time.
It was one of the rare times I actually asked mum and dad to come along. This is because no obstacles were involved and I really don’t want them to fully appreciate what it involves. Even though I am 32, I’m sure they would still find a way to put a stop to it!
I had never been to Silverstone before, even though it is literally on my door step. It was huge. There were thousands of runners there. Once I had ensured mum and dad were in the viewing stands with food and drink, I went to queue up to start. It’s a much weirder vibe at this type of run compared to the runs I usually do. No one was really chatting, people were running solo and running watches were being set up.
I put myself in the 1hr 50 minutes finish time section and just thought let see what happens. With my party playlist turned up full the race began. It was a pretty flat run, but it was awesome running on the race track and taking in the views. It was awesome having people cheer you on, kids wanting to give you a high five and motivating marshals filling me with drinks and sweets along on the way.
As I got towards the end (0.5 miles left), I actually realised I was going to complete this in 1 min 50 seconds. All, I remember is seeing my parents and sprinting the last half mile to meet them. I was surprised and so happy that I completed it, let alone with the time I got.
Now, I am thinking what can I sign up to next?
17th – 20th March 2017
Eden Project, Cornwall