You’ve got to be joking… What on earth have I signed myself up for? I laughed out loud in disbelief at it’s height as I drove up to Moel Famau – a mountain in Wales which I was just about to run up for the Excalibur half marathon. My first half marathon, mind you. Up a mountain. I must have been crazy..
It all started a few months earlier when my friend Ron nudged me and said I should join him in running a half marathon up Moel Famau. I immediately dismissed the thought. I mean, the longest I’d ever run previously was about 15km. A half marathon? Up a mountain? There’s no way I could physically do that.
Still, somehow he managed to convince me to sign up and give it a go.
Unfortunately he injured his shoulder shortly beforehand so wasn’t able to race and I had to go alone. I nearly bottled it the night before, doubting myself and thinking that I would be rubbish and not be able to run the whole way. But I couldn’t give up without even trying, so there I was. Ready to run up and around this mountain.
It actually turned out to be a fantastic day. The course was varied between running on tracks through forests, to wide fire trails followed by sheep paddocks, jumping over fences and into muddy puddles. Everyone was really friendly, chatting along the way as you passed each other by. And, reassuringly at the steepest part of the mountain, everyone was walking up it rather than exhausting themselves trying to ‘run’ without much success.
After running all around the surrounding area, you finally summit Moel Famau. The picturesque view from the top of North Wales was fantastic and well worth the effort. I couldn’t resist stopping to take a few photos to document my accomplishment!
After that it was all down hill to the finish line where we received our medals and were rewarded for our efforts with hot delicious stew. When you have just run a half marathon and are cold and hungry, hot beef stew is the most AMAZING thing ever to arrive to! It may have been the hunger talking, but I’m pretty sure this was the best stew I’ve ever had.
So, from this adventure I discovered that I’m mentally and physically tougher than I had previously thought. You don’t know what you’re capable of if you don’t try..