So the holy grail of being a “proper” runner is to break the 2 hour barrier on a 21.1km. I’ve been running for about 9 years and I could never ever do it.
My best time ever was 2 hours and 1 minute. So heartbreaking because those 60 seconds feels like a lifetime.
Well Tuesday evening I went out for a run and I felt good and I ran at a pace that will put me up for a sub 2 hour half marathon. But I only ran 7km’s – that is only a third of the distance.
Anyway come Sunday morning – I picked up Crazy Andy – my running husband and we set of to a race. I was still playing with the idea of trying to run at a 5 minute 40 second pace to achieve my sub 2 hour time but I didn’t tell him at all.
However after the 1km, I decided to cancel my plans – the first kilometer took us almost 7 minutes due to congestion and to make up that lost time is really hard.
And we just started to fly – chirping the people on the road, chirping each other as we always do and before I knew it we were at 10km’s and I’ve smashed my personal best on that. Then 15km’s and I smashed my personal best on that.
And then I got fixated on my watch and my averages and asking if I can do 6 km’s in the required time. Crazy Andy told me to stop looking at my watch and he will guide me. By this time he was as hyped as I was – he knows that it’s been a dream of mine to break 2 hours. So I wrap my buff around my watch and ran “blind” – I would slow down when Andy told me to and I would speed up when Andy tells me to.
And I smashed it – I ran a 1:57 on a half marathon. Andy is not a very touch feely guy but he grabbed me when we finished and he just hugged and hugged and hugged me and I was laughing with tears streaming down my face! What a morning – what a confirmation that I’m going to be ok.
Especially after having a very rough Thursday (wedding anniversary) and Friday – just feeling so sad and blue.
So today I’m so so sore – even my ceasar scar hurts but I’m fine and I’ve achieved something I’ve been dreaming about for a very long time. I’m full of hope again…