Yesterday I ran the Simply Health Manchester Half Marathon. I know what you're thinking. "Why would anyone do that? You need your head looking at!" But when I signed up I was trying to lose weight and thought a goal would help me.* I was sort of successful. I've lost about half a stone, but I probably won't exercise ever again. Everything hurts from the shoulders down.
I'm not going to lie, it has been painful all the way through. Running can't be good for you. All that high impact on my poor knees, although it's my hips and back are the one's that hate me right now! I've had ITB syndrome at the start of the training. That was insanely painful! My right calf muscle was knotted into chaos. That was torture - it hurt when I walked let alone ran! And throughout my hips have been crying out for me to take up swimming and forget all this running malarkey! Epsom Salt has made a roaring trade off of me these past few months!
Believe it or not, this is my second half Marathon**. The first one I did in 2 hours and 58 minutes. I ran yesterday's 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 37 minutes, so at least I have improved!
I have to say, that given this weeks horrific events in Manchester, the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant! There were people all the way around the track cheering us on, which really helped towards the end! It was an awesome day from start to finish. Yes I am currently stuck on the sofa, because I can no longer walk, but it was lots of fun! It's brilliant to see everyone running for their various charities.
I was running on behalf of Alzheimer's Research UK. This is a brilliant charity, dedicated to beating dementia. If anyone wishes to donate, the link is below. All donations are welcome, even if it's only a pound!
*And no, I can't tell you why I didn't opt for the 10km run.
**That's right, I'm that stupid.
I'd love to hear about any crazy goals you've set for yourselves! Let me know if you've run a half Marathon and how you felt the day after!
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