Yesterday was Launceston Running Club‘s Scottsdale to Bridport Half Marathon. This was my very first ever half marathon in 2013. Yesterday was the third time I’ve run this event and up until a few moments ago I thought it was my 17th half marathon. Well no, thanks to the wonders of record keeping, it was the 18th time this Unporty Woman has lined up and ran a 21.1km event.
And what an event it was. I loved every single second of it! How could this be? There is always a point in a race where I go oh dear, what am I doing this for, why am I here? But no, not yesterday. I loved it. At km number 15 I was having so much fun that I knew I had a big grin on my face but I couldn’t get serious and stop smiling.
There seemed to be something magical about being back on the course of my first ever half. All the training miles that I’ve run since then. All the wonderful events and goals achieved. All the happy runs. All the hard sloggy runs. All the wonderful people I’ve met all because I was brave enough to keep trying to be a runner – well all this kept crowding into my mind and heart and I was filled with gratitude for running and all the richness it’s brought to Pauly and I.
I ran the whole way happy. My laps don’t show my normal slow down, instead they are quite consistent. While the course goes down 300m from start to finish there are three mega hills to chip away at. I’m thrilled at how well I managed to tackle them.
Here are my times:
- 2013: 2:18:04
- 2015: 2:10:15
- 2016: 2:04:31
This little story of the Scottsdale to Bridport Half shows that even a runner like me can get stronger over time. The key is to keep on trying. To chip away at running goals just like we would a big hill. Focus in on each step and before we know it we are at the top. Don’t give up. Keep on trying. If I can do this running thing anyone can.
Half Marathon Number 18 and just a wonderful place to run it, right where it all began – thank you running!
Happy running 🙂
Look what came up on my watch right after I stopped it yesterday!