So two weeks ago my training went up a notch as I ran the Bideford half marathon in my fire tunic and breathing apparatus set on my back!
The plan was to use my Dad as a pace maker and finish around the 2;15/20 mark comfortably inside the world record, and with the cool weather on the morning of the race I was confident i could achieve this.
First issue was getting to the start line on time and we failed, as we approached the starting area the compare announced that all 1200 had passed through the start but they were 2 runners short as we hurried to catch the back of the field.
The first 5 miles went to plan running at a gentle 10 min miles, but as we ran towards mile 6, I found myself pulling away from my Dad and struggling to stay back at his pace so with his encouragement I pushed on alone.
I felt strong and gently picked up the pace, passing many runners who gave me plenty of encouragement and support as ran on along the tarka trail looking now to finish sub 2.15, my original target.
The second half of the race went really well and with no major issues I finished in a time of 1 hour and 57 mins far quicker than I ever expected and over 40 mins quicker than the world record!!!!
So, so far so good and with 6 weeks to go I'm on track and need to continue the training and then maybe, just maybe......................?