The Big Half – London

Published 4th March 2018
Category Races

Race Route

Race Stats

Average Pace 07.39min/km
Finish Time 02:43:51
My Rating

Well, that was a relief, I thought I was never going to be able to complete a half-marathon again!!!

Today Gayle and I attempted The Big Half down in London.  As many of you know, I’ve not been well lately being diagnosed with Epilepsy at the beginning of the year.  It’s been quite a turbulent time both trying to get my seizures under control and also being given a life-changing diagnosis.

I have attempted two other half marathons this year, both defeating me because I either had a seizure or I just got far too tired to carry on.  Having these two failures started to play on my mind.  I say failures because that is what my head was saying, my wife, family and friends have all said that they were not failures as I managed to get out there and at least start the race.

I must admit after the half marathon last week, I very nearly didn’t want to take part in today’s race, but after coming up with a plan of action and some encouragement from Gayle, we caught the train down to London and decided to give it a go.

I increased my anti-seizure medication last week and I have not had any symptoms so that was working in my favour, we decided to run/walk the race today and the game plan was to run to each mile marker, take a 60-second walk and continue running.

This seemed to work well until we got to the 10-mile marker when fatigue started to take its toll on me.  I think we walked for about one and a half miles then.  I kept a little bit in the tank for the last 200 metres and we upped our pace, it helped with all the people cheering us on.

The long and short of it was, we managed to cross the finish line in 2:43:51.  It wasn’t our fastest time, but it wasn’t our slowest either, so I am happy with that considering the circumstances.

Our next half marathon isn’t until April so I have plenty of time to recuperate.


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