I know mathematically I am on shaky ground but this really is a tale of 3 halves. Three half marathons that is. Yes that’s right! Can you believe I ran 3 half marathons in 6 weeks? No neither can I to be honest! They were all completely different too!
The Severn Bridge Half was the first of the three and the one I had wanted to do since it started 3(?) years ago. Walking across the bridge has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I have no idea why I haven’t done it before to be honest but there you are.
The weather was perfect. A little bit of sunshine but a lovely breeze too to keep the overall temperature down. The route had been changed due to roadworks this year but it was still meant to be very hilly. I decided that I would run as long as I could but I was allowed to walk the hills if I was struggling. It was a hard course. It really was and I obviously hadn’t eaten enough as by mile 11 I was picking blackberries from the hedges as I was so hungry!
I loved this race and next year they are planning a one off two bridges marathon. I can’t wait 😀
Next up, a week later I was lucky enough to get the chance to run with Ben from the 401 challenge.
Well it absolutely hammered down. I don’t think I have been as wet as that since the World Championship half in March! It seemed mostly trail too which I am not really used to.
I ran with my friend Cathy and she was awesome. We passed the time chatting. Ben ran with us for a while too so we had a chance to chat to him. It was a really nice run if you take away the trail and the rain lol!
Which brings me to the 3rd half. My 4th Cardiff Half in 3 years.
I honestly don’t know why I keep signing up for this race. I really dislike it. There is so much pressure at this race. Even when I try to pretend there’s not. I have never beaten the time I set at my very first half marathon which is frankly, ridiculous. It’s pathetic. I really don’t want to run it again next year but there’s a part of me that thinks “unfinished business” I really don’t know what to do. At least I’ve got a while to think about it.