My first half marathon, my second only race, the 2011 Bupa Great Birmingham Run (Half Marathon) was a challenge. I struggled at around 8 miles for the rest of the run but I shall talk about that in a minute, previous to that it was the greatest and hardest experience of my life. I loved every second of it though.
Starting with 15,000 people there was a buzz, doing the communal warm-ups before we were called to the front, through a squeezing barrier and then we were off. Running down part of Broadstreet, through the back of the bull ring, into Digbeth and out onto the Pershore road. This was one long road, lots of lovely noise provided by bands until we got to chocolate production heaven that is Cadbury on the other side. Round Bournville which looked for all intense and purpose like the whole suburb had come out to the support us runners (I love Bournville) at this point I was overtaken by two people dressed as elvis which was a little shock. Down from Bournville back on to the Pershore road, passed the halfway stage. This was all fine, I was in a rhythm and then a massive stabbing pain at mile 8 hit me I ground to a halt.
My chest had a massive stabbing pain across it, I decided it was best to walk and see whats what, eventually it subsided and I could run about 400metres without it hurting then I would have to stop. I had to the do this until the very end of the race. Until I got to the last mile and then I decided to just run the whole lot, by the end I was in agony, I was crying with pain my chest was hurting so much but I got through it and I felt better for it (Once I had recovered!.)
I will be back next year, fit and healthy! (hopefully.)
From my target of £200 – I have reached nearly £390 for the Alzheimer’s Society and I am overwhelmed by the amount. Thank you to everyone! I would like to make it £400 just to round it off nicely – please donate: http://www.justgiving.com/Ross-Hetherington