So at last Team Tissington were ready to hit the ground running.
Dressed to kill and all aboard the coaches. There was no going back as the engine revved and the coach set off. The day had finally come and we arrived at a rather chilly starting point. As we set off the beautiful scenery unfolded; patchwork fields and cattle eyeing our leggings – stunning scenery all the way. As the old railway line reached out ahead, the downhill gradient provided the comfort needed for a first time half marathon runner.
So, off at a gentle pace (yes Geoff, gentle pace!) and my inner coach kicked in as she had promised. I had planned this mental challenge for a long time and I began counting down the miles, 3, 6, 9, 12 and forced myself to take in the scenery and enjoy the run. Watching for the mile markers and ticking these off in my head was a great feeling. So too was seeing my K&D friends who had mounted their watch point at around mile 4 – cheering us on loudly. This was a great mental boost. The finish was in sight and so too were my fellow K&D buddies – they cheered loudly as we crossed the finish. As I ran through the finish, I felt very emotional – I’d done it – my first half marathon!
Fiona Holland (The Duchess)
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