Until the Torbay Half Marathon – this sh*t just got real. And so have my nerves…!
Towards the end of last year I decided it was about time I set myself a little challenge, a goal to work towards and the Torbay Half Marathon felt like a good one. The distance is long and challenging, but in no way totally undoable and after completing two half’s about a decade ago I thought it was about time I had another go. But this time I would take the training to new level – I would actually train properly for it and not hobble around the 13 miles in total agony swearing never to do anything like it again. I want to enjoy the experience and feel that I’m capable of running it comfortably-ish.
So the time has finally come. I’ve trained mostly on the coast path and at Slapton Sands, in mid-winter through bone-numbing freezing conditions and on the most stunningly beautiful and still summer mornings. I’ve witnessed the changes in the seasons and absorbed some gorgeous sites and I’ve been so lucky to run with several wonderful ladies who have spurred me on and have made the lengthy training runs so much more enjoyable.
Running has many different facets, one of course is how it can improve your fitness, and I’m constantly amazed as to how our bodies adapt and develop, become stronger and leaner the further and faster we travel. But running brings a connection too – not only to the like-minded people you train with but to the area you live in – to the pathways, tracks, fields, beaches, hills and roads you pound. And, most importantly it releases endorphins – it makes you feel invincible, like you’re flying high and can make me want to shout ‘ I love my life’! Now – that is something very special in deed.
So matter how long it takes me to jog from Paignton to Torquay and back again I know I’ll be ready for it. I’m going to keep putting one foot in front of the other – keep smiling and be happy and safe in the knowledge that I’ve trained hard to be there…And then when Sunday is over with I’ll take a week off…and then the real training begins, what else could a girl want for her 40th birthday but to run the most celebrated and inspiring marathon in the world! Next challenge….the London Marathon 2019 – bring it on!
Good luck to all the runners taking part in the Torbay Half Marathon!