Crossed the finish line with a smile on my face.
If you follow me on social media or are a long time follower of my blog you’ll know that I was training for the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Well on the 24th of March I completed it, without stopping or walking and under three hours. When I signed up for it I was nervous that I wouldn’t make it round but I loved having the challenge. It was a mission don’t get me wrong, however having my sister right beside me every step of the way was the biggest support!
I never thought I would be the one to be giving out running tips but I do have a few if you’re thinking of running a half marathon (or any run for that matter). Don’t turn up without having trained! You might think that you are super fit and healthy, you go to the gym occasionally, you once ran the 200m sprint at school but that is not enough to prepare you for a big run. I started training a year in advance for this, starting with regularly running 5k at Parkrun and slowly but surely building it up. Don’t overtrain. On the opposite end of the scale you need to give your body time to rest and you don’t have to run the full amount before the event – especially not in the 2 weeks running up to it.
Keep hydrated during the run. Either run with a water bottle or take full advantage of the water stations on the way round. It mainly helps after the run by stopping any cramping etc. but I sure appreciated it during as well. Keep positive. Of course you have to be physically ready but you need to be mentally ready as well, don’t have to much pressure on yourself to complete it in a certain time or go in with a negative mind set. Motivational playlists or a running partner are the best ways I find to run with a positive mind set. Enjoy it! Most importantly soak in the atmosphere of every single second because it’s like nothing else.