7 September 2014

Andie after the Great North RunAndie is preparing for the Brighton Marathon in 2015 by running six half marathons in 2014. She’s raising awareness and funds for the Miscarriage Association, driven by the memory of her losses in 2008.

Here’s her latest update, written after the Great North Run:

“The Great North Run was absolutely amazing!

It was a hot day so we were advised beforehand to take it steady. I’d trained really hard for this race and was hoping for a PB if possible. Last time I ran the GNR in 2008 (also for the M.A.), I had got injured in training and it had taken me 2hrs 30mins to complete the 13.1 miles, so I really wanted to give it a good go this time and see what I was really capable of.

I was in the white start zone (so around the middle of the 57,000 runners!) It took about 20mins to walk to the start line and then we were off and running. This was my 4th GNR and it never disappoints, the people supporting and cheering are amazing. They really do give you that extra boost.

The miles seemed to be passing quite quickly and I felt really good. My pacing was as I had planned and I felt strong and comfortable. Before long, we were at mile 11 and running up the hill which then brings you down to the sea front at South Shields. This bit was amazing, I remembered back to 2008 and the pain in my knees and in my heart at that time (2008 was the year I had my MMCs) and I felt overwhelming emotion and the need to run even faster.

I finished the last mile quicker than all the ones before and my official finishing time was 1:52:41. A personal best by 4 minutes! I was overjoyed, cried again (!) and then went on to collect my medal and t-shirt. I am still in shock that I managed to complete it in such a good time!

Once again, I am grateful that the M.A. allow me to run for them, I always wear their vest with pride. So far, I have raised £223 but my fundraising page will stay open until after I have completed Brighton Marathon in April 2015.

Next stop – Nottingham Half Marathon, in just 3 weeks time. Keep on running!

Andie’s fundraising page

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