My first milestone, the Silverstone Half Marathon, is complete! It has been in the diary ever since I decided to go for this crazy challenge, and on Sunday 15th March I completed it in 1 hour 59 mins 18 seconds. I have to say that it was one of the toughest challenges I’ve done since leaving the Army back in May 2010.
The day went off to a good start; I managed to get up without waking up my wife and my four beautiful children! My preparation consisted of making my home-made energy drink, packing my clothes and loading the car.
Never underestimate the importance of preparation
I served 15 years in the Army anI learned two very valuable lessons during that time. The first is the 7P’s rule. It’s shorthand for “Prior Planing and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” The second, is the quote “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” – Private Jo Blogs 2000bc I guess?
So before I left the house, I spent…
15 minutes foam rolling my calfs, quads, hips and tennis ball rolling my feet.
This is vital because it helps keep my muscles in good shape for the task ahead.
10 minutes stretching my whole body.
This was important because I had a 1 and a half hour drive to the race location,
During the race, I did receive some abuse from a rather large chap who had the endearing habit of shouting “Come on. If I can run past you anyone can!” at everyone he overtook. When I ran past him in my barefoot shoes his response was “Shit the bed Jesus is running past me!” I just smiled kindly and kept on running!
Towards the end of the race my feet did start to feel as though they had become detached from my body, but the joy of finishing my first half marathon barefoot style helped me get through the inevitable aches and pains. Roll on my second milestone – the Southampton half marathon in April.
P.s. if you haven’t already sponsored me (in support of Southampton Hospital Charity) and you’d like to, you can donate here…