Thank you all for your support and advice in my previous post where I asked if I should still go ahead with Windsor 1/2 M despite having only managed to train as far as 6.6 miles prior to the event.
Well yesterday was D-Day! We arrived at Windsor nice and early and WOW there were loads of people!!!
Got bags stashed and went to the loo, then milled about a bit feeling nervous...then about 20mins before the start decided we probably needed the loo again, seems like the other 4000+ runners had thought this too so the queues were HUGE!!!
Standing in line we could hear the starter counting down, and as I finally reached for the flush and legged it out the cubicle he was on '30 seconds....' eeeke! we went and got in line somewhere between the 2hrs 20mins and 2hrs 45mins marker posts. Our aim was to come in around 2hrs 30mins for our first ever attempt, and our second aim was not to walk a single step.
Set off up the hill in a nice steady pace keeping with my running buddy (who had also only managed to train in prep up to 7 miles)what was surprising was the number of people walking! There were loads, we were less than a mile in and already there were walkers. I didn't really understand this but it seemed pretty frequent so I guess it must be normal?????...
First loop of 5.5miles was good felt steady and none of the hills were too much of a struggle. My bro who was going to run with us but had flu instead
was at the cross over point where we began lap 2 and he handed us some energy gels, which we ate (my god these are rank!)these perked us up after about half a mile, and I could feel the extra energy (or placebo effect?...) working.