‘Second time round’..three key lessons from a half marathoner.

‘Second time round’..three key lessons from a half marathoner.

090611-N-3271W-012 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 11, 2009) Local area children test their fitness skills during a Junior Seal Fitness Challenge at Warner Park organized by the Navy and the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department. The event is in conjunction with Chattanooga Navy Week, one of 21 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2009. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward/Released)

The first time is always the hardest.
A marathon  gets progressively easier the second time round and I imagine, many times later because one knows  the course well.

Putting aside the weight that bogs us down.
Next time round, I will carry less weight for better performance.

Even if you do not feel like you are up to it, get up, dress up for it and show up. 
I felt that this year I was not as well practised as last year and this big voice told me it was a long shot and I almost called it quits at the 17 km mark, but this little voice amidst the noise encouraged me not to give up, every step of the  way, I still had fight left in me that was sufficient to pull me through.

The writer of the blog at the Standard Chartered Nairobi Half Marathon finish 2015