One Half Down

by | 20 Mar 2016

Remember I told you in January this was the year of the Half Marathon? Well, here I am with my niece at the end of the North London Vitality Half Marathon today. More to follow on the triumph and ignominy soon. When I can feel my legs!

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  1. the lone bee

    Well done! I also did that same one today. It was a real experience finishing in the stadium – loved it.

  2. Lyndel

    Congratulations gala you are glowing! Xx Lyndel

    • Lyndel

      Gals not gala. Glowing gals!!

      • thepursuitofmotherhood

        Galas always on your mind Lyndel! Thanks for the congrats. Much love Jessica x

  3. jnorland

    wonderful photo! i can’t imagine that the full marathon pix are far behind…xxx

  4. Beth Beamer

    Woo-hoo! Well done Jess, great achievement – and a perfect day to run on too. xx

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      It was, and the sun came out in the last couple of miles! I loved it! Jessica x

  5. Naomi

    Well done! You look so happy. Finishing the 2002 London Marathon within a respectable (wrt my genetic limitations) time was, and still is, one of the happiest moments of my life. The high I felt crossing the line wasn’t even diminished by immediately seeing a board with the information that Paula Radcliffe had broken the world record and had taken more than two hours less than me (although I did make the comparison of course!). I keep saying that I will go back to running, one of the things that infertility / perimenopause / depression took from me for both physical and psychological reasons. Races, in particular, are such a buzz. But I keep finding excuses to put it off (the current one is pretty decent actually – a new puppy – but when she is up to it, I will definitely take her on runs, running with a dog being another great running buzz).

    Much love,


    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Well Naomi, I bet your time for the marathon wasn’t quite as humiliating as mine for the half – 2.45 mins!!! But I savoured every moment and when everyone was overtaking me told myself I was training for an ultra – Eddie Izzard watch out! It was an amazing day. So much camaraderie and so different from the solitary life of the swimmer. I loved it! Hope you’ll be running with your puppy soon. J x

  6. Sophie Paine

    Oh well done Jessica! ! That’s brilliant! What a year for you. Xx

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Bless you. But when you hear my speed (2.43!) you’ll have to concede it’s not such a triumph! Jessica x