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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Of Utmost Importance

On Sunday I will run my most important race, yet.

But it's not a new distance for me (this will be my 5th official half marathon), I'm not after a PB and I'm certainly not seeking points for entry into an elite race. In fact this race has nothing to do with me at all. All my focus will be on pacing my friend to the finish line of Windsor Half Marathon – her first 13.1 and only her second ever race!

For someone who claims she still hates running, she's done amazingly well! I've watched her progress from a trot on the treadmill to big fat hill sprints, from run-walking 0.6km laps to hour-long canal runs, from working out in cotton tops to buying a proper pair of running shoes. 

As a previous non-runner, all of her hard work has been for this one event and as race day gets ever closer, you can see she's feeling the pressure. Through watery eyes, yesterday she declared that she was scared, worried about not finishing and wished she hadn't entered. We've all been there – feeling like we've bitten off more than we can chew – but that's what's so great about facing a big challenge, they show you are capable of much more than you thought.

I'm looking forward to seeing my friend's face after completing her challenge and what she decides to do next. But, like her, I'm feeling the pressure. What if she hates the whole thing and never wants to run again?! She's probably going to find her first half marathon tough but I'm going to do my best to make it an enjoyable experience – we'll take it easy, take in the beautiful Great Windsor Park and hopefully have fun – because I want this to be one of the first times we run together, not the last.

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