I’m Going to the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Last week I received an offer, via Parkrun, to enter a competition where some lucky Parkrunners would be offered a chance to compete at the famous, and very prestigious, IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff in March.

Since I started running again, at the beginning of this year, I have mainly focused on 10k races, with the introduction of weekly 5k runs via Parkrun coming later in the year. But a half-marathon is something that I have always wanted to try, because my big goal is to run in the London Marathon one day, and it’s probably a good idea to get a couple of HMs under my belt first.

So I entered the competition and thought nothing more of it. That was until I received an email from the organisers this evening informing me that I had been awarded a place in the race. Not only had I won a place, but I had also won the following as well:

  • A training t-shirt
  • A chance to win one of 200 pairs of ADIDAS trainers
  • Access to training plans and an online support network
  • Access to Injury prevention videos
  • Race day social events and a chance to meet famous faces from the sporting world
  • A training evening hosted by an endurance expert

Needless to say that I was DELIGHTED to have won a place. Firstly because I rarely win anything (over the previous 37 years I have won three things, this race entry, £1,000 cash, and a Walkman at school), secondly I am hoping to meet some of my heroes (Paul Martelletti being top of that list), and thirdly seeing so many elite runners might spark me to run a bit harder.

I immediately started to excitedly plot a training programme that would hopefully help me not only complete the remaining 10k races I have scheduled, but would also help me with the half-marathon. I also started looking at hotels in Cardiff (I believe in booking as early as possible).

Then a wave of doubt swept over me. Is this too much of a leap so soon for me? After all, I’ve only done 5k and 10k races, and a half-marathon is more than two times the length of a 10k.

I don’t suppose I’m alone with this kind of sensation when someone decides to run a longer race for the first time. I’m sure on the day, once the run has started, I’ll be fine, maybe I’ll just attack it like I did with my first 10k this year and just aim to finish.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for any level of runner and I’m very honoured to be able to run it.

Image by Anil Joshi from Pixabay

If you enjoyed this blog then please consider buying me a coffee. 🙂

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
News Reporter
Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, keen long-distance runner, and huge professional wrestling fan, who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including: making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing, athletics, and more.