Since last time I’ve been training hard and am feeling fairly confident about the distance. It took a lot to twist my arm to do the half marathon but I'm so glad I've signed up. The training has been such good fun and so far has given me a fantastic sense of achievement. I think the best bit is running with my colleagues from work. There is a group of us doing the half marathon and we run regularly together. It’s great because we all motivate each other and have found some amazing local routes.
We have practiced Chalk Pit lane and the Trundle which was a challenge but I find it helpful to practice these parts of the route so I know what to expect on the day. We also do a speed session on Friday lunchtimes which is so hard but has definitely made a difference to my longer runs.
We all entered the Goodwood 5 mile hill climb on 19th August. This was a great event despite the pouring rain. The route started with an initial climb up Kennel hill and remembering that what goes up must come down, the second half was all downhill. Ive never run so fast in my life and came in with a time of 41.56 which I was very pleased with. It was a great experience and good practice for the main event.
Doing the Goodwood run gave me the chance to look at what I need to eat and drink before an event. I get very nervous and lose my appetite, running on empty isn’t helpful but I struggle to eat much without getting stomach cramp. A colleague recommended Cherry Active which worked for me and kept me going during the race.
Matt, Sarah and I have put together a Just Giving page so if you are reading this and would like to sponsor us all funds raised will go to Children on the Edge. Thanks in anticipation.
Chi Half Beginners Blog
This year the Chichester Half team are following the progress of three beginners, all with their own reasons for giving the Trundle their best shot.