and they're off!
This past weekend, I had the chance to run my first ever half marathon race! On a whim, I decided to sign up for the Breast Cancer Campaign team to run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, and I'm really glad I did. While I wasn't religious about following my training schedule (2-3 days a week average, instead of the prescribe 4), I did make sure to keep up with my long distance runs on the weekend and it was great to keep training after the tri. And it paid off! I felt calm and relaxed on the day, and chugged on to a 2:13 time. Not lightening speed, but certainly respectable, especially considered I split 1:06/1:07!
showing off my medal (and so happy it's over!)
Look at that, I didn't even break a sweat! But I did hobble around like a granny for a full 48 hours before I could even think about a swim.
I enjoyed the race so much, I'm thinking of signing up for the Brighton Half Marathon in February, to see if I can get closer to a 2 hour time. And of course, the next obviousl step is the...Marathon (dun dun dun). Unfortunately, Brighton and London are now full, but I have my eye on both the Belfast and Edinburgh Marathon (early and late May), so I have plenty of time to think about it.
Where has water-logged Kira gone??? Who would have never ever in a million years contemplated running 26.2 miles??? I dunno, but I'm really enjoying myself, and hope to keep up with the running bug :)