No, this isn’t a Christmas countdown!! It’s 31 days until the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon.
This will be my first ever marathon so naturally it’s not a particularly easy one I’ve picked, not that any marathon is particularly easy, 26.2 miles is a bloody long way to run! No, this one has the added challenge of being time constrained by the tide due to the beach sections. If I’m not quick enough then I will be caught by the tide and I will be getting my feet wet!
Now I can’t say that I’ve ever had an overwhelming desire to run a marathon, it’s never been a life long dream, ambition or something on the bucket list. When my big sister did her first marathon back in 2009, the London Marathon, I was inspired to start running. I never dreamt of doing something on the same scale.
I had a brief and somewhat painful attempt at running that year and completed the 2009 Great South Run with her in a rather shocking 1 hour 50 minutes. That was it, I was done with running, I’d done something wildly out of my comfort zone and at the time was over the moon with my achievement. I wasn’t a runner or even someone who does running so my dalliance ended there.
Who would have thought that a few years later I’d be back on it again and with a passion!
March 2012 I completed the ‘Couch 2 5K’ program and could just about run 3 miles without stopping. I hated running at this point and was just doing it to lose weight, no enjoyment, no desire, no passion, it was a means to an end and nothing more than that.
Something then happened, perhaps a blow to the head, I became consumed by running, addicted to it almost. Constantly pushing myself to run for longer, run faster, run further and further. I became motivated to attempt to run 1000 miles throughout the remaining year, whatever the weather, to enter in races and compete, to join a running club, to talk incessantly about running and looking at harder and harder challenges.
So here I am nearing the end of the year and I’m doing my first ever marathon. 5k to a Marathon in the space of a year. Not bad progress if I say so myself. I will have completed a marathon before I’m 40, if only by a week!