I did it…! My first half marathon! I seriously doubted myself since the moment I booked it!
Having only ever run three 10k races before, I thought I may have ‘bitten off more than I could chew’ with a half marathon, but perseverance paid off when I crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 38 minutes.
I didn’t even know I could run that fast haha!
The race was incredibly well organised- a massive well done to Aldi and the Manchester half team, it’s just a shame they couldn’t do anything about the weather-it was torrential rain from the moment I crossed the start line, until mile 11! It was pretty brutal to be honest, but I reckon it helped me run faster to get to dry shelter-that, and the fear of my poor Iphone being drowned. The rain certainly didn’t dampen the atmosphere though and a huge thank you to all the lovely supporters who stood in the downpoor along every step of the way!
Lots of people have asked me how I’ve managed this, especially after being told I would never be able to run again! There is no miracle or secret and I have lots of tips, techniques, supplements and nutritional advice that I want to share with you all, but I don’t want to bore you too much tonight! One thing I will say is that I started taking blackcurrant supplements a week prior to the race. I had read about the anti-inflammatory properties and how they help with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) -basically the day after when your legs hurt like hell.
What I hadn’t realised is that they actually help with your cardiovascular system increasing blood flow and endurance. As someone who also suffers from asthma and a low heart rate, I am absolutely convinced that this is one of the main reasons why I managed to shave off 12 minutes from my training time. I technically beat my PB for 10k while I was running too, bringing it to 43 minutes!
I’m not someone to say something like this normally, but this has got to be a good explanation.
What I am also pretty amazed at, is that I have been teaching in a classroom all day today (in high heels) and just went out and ran 7k tonight, for fun! With hardly any aching or stiffness.
Let’s look at the facts:
I shaved 12 minutes off my half marathon training time, 2 minutes off my 10k PB and went running the very next day after!
More than just a coincidence!
Just thought I would share this with you in case you were looking for something that might help your performance, but also your recovery. The supplements I took are called CurraNZ and I’m delighted that they are going to feature these results in their ‘Customer of the Month’ article, with a view to joining their elite team of ambassadors after my great results!
I sure have the bug! Although I did have more of a runner’s cry than a runner’s high at one point yesterday, but that’s an emotional story for another time! Planning my next half marathon already; just about to book the Tatton Park half for the 20th November!
Next blog post…’Running as my remedy’.
As always, thank you for your support.