Read Phil's final blog entry as he competes in our Two Arms on Two Legs half marathon.
Wow, what an amazing event Two Arms on Two Legs was. A great showcase for our canals and towpaths, and the abilities of our staff and volunteers to put on an event of this size. If someone had asked me this time last year, if I would run in this event, I would have thought they were having a laugh.
As you can see from my earlier blogs, I have been on quite a journey. I have changed my job, my diet, but more importantly my life and all for the better. So a huge thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way. My training has had some highs and lows, first with the improvements in my running, then an Achilles injury that stopped it all for a while, but I got there in the end.
Sunday's event was, for me, a fantastic day. Everything was extremely well organised, and it was great to see so many of my colleagues giving up their weekend to volunteer and support this event.
The course (towpaths) couldn't have been much better, despite the best efforts of the British weather last week. With our contractors and bank staff having done an amazing job on vegetation management to ensure the towpath was available for running on, even creating the opportunity for some overtaking in places I hadn't thought possible last week.
Despite a night of restless sleep I was looking forward to getting underway in race wave 5, especially as I found out one of my fellow Dunstable Road Runners was in the same start wave. My plan was to start easy and run with him for a spell and see how things go, but you know what they say about best laid plans. The start gun went and so did I, not to see my running buddy again till the end, sorry Martin.
I have learnt a lot in the last 6 months, but not enough to know how to take on a cup of water while still running. I'm glad no one had a camera at the water stations to catch me launching my water everywhere other than in my mouth.
When I took up the challenge from Joe Sammon (event organiser) I set myself a target. To run in the Half Marathon ✅
After a few months of running I set myself a new target.
To run the Half Marathon in 2hrs 15mins or less ✅
I am so thrilled to be able to say that not only did I achieve my targets but I smashed them. My official time for 13.1 miles was a pretty respectable 1hr 56mins 05secs. I sincerely hope this event continues to be supported as it was a credit to all involved in the organisation, and I plan to be back next year to get a PB.
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Phil is one of our licensing rangers covering the south east. In 2017 Phil is aiming to get fit and run in our Two Arms on Two Legs half marathon this September. Read more about his progress and training here.See more blogs from this author