This week I’ve been enjoying two blogs on WordPress called ‘How NOT to Run a Marathon‘ and ‘mawil1’s Blog‘, written by two lovely ladies who like to run. This got me thinking about my own running and perhaps writing about it on my blog also, along with my dieting trials and tribulations.
Like many my first attempts at running were when I trained (I use the term loosely) to run Race for Life with some colleagues from work. I enjoyed the social side, especially the drinks after the race, and always promised to continue to running after the event (I rarely did).
In 2011 – 2014 I got a bit more serious about my running, joining a running club and entering many half marathons, the Great South Run and even Manchester Marathon in 2014.
However, Manchester Marathon ended in disappointment, I developed a terrible cold a few days before the run, I started the race and made it to mile 9 but when my head starting spinning and my legs started going I knew it was time to pull out. Naturally this left me extremely disappointed and my running has never really got off the ground since.
Genuine photo from 2014 Manchester Marathon Weekend!
Until now! If you have read my blog post Welcome to my blog! you will know I am taking some time out of work at the moment and one of my goals while I am not working is to get fit and healthy again and running is a part of that.
I must be clear, I have never been a fast runner, my half marathon PB is 02:29 and my best time at parkrun is 00:31:37. However, now I am only able to run at 13:50 minute miles and the last time I did parkrun (October 2017) it took me 45 minutes!! When I train now I run for 1 mile and then I take a 1 minute walk break. I try to run every other day, but if I’m honest if I run three times in one week it’s a good week. I am lucky to have a small home gym (spin bike/rowing machine and treadmill) so I don’t really have an excuse not to train, however, when I do run on the treadmill I run even SLOWER than I do outside.
I have a running secret at the moment, something that only my husband knows. In a moment of madness last year I entered the Brighton Marathon which takes place on April 15th 2018 – yes 2018 – this year!! Once I entered the marathon in April 2017 I neglected the fact that I needed to train for it (although I have booked tables in yummy vegan restaurants in Brighton for when we are there – priorities!), I neglected this fact until January 2018 when I realised I had some serious work to do.
And so that brings us up to date, I have devised a training plan that most ‘proper’ runners would balk at, one in which I will run every other day and where the emphasis will be on the long run and ‘getting round’. Last week I successfully ran 9 miles on my ‘long run’, but when I Facebook stalk my old running club, those who are doing Brighton are already up to 16 miles. But, I remind myself that these runners aren’t 4 stone overweight, aren’t pathologically optimistic and woefully disorganised and that surely there are more than 1 way to skin a cat (in a purely vegan sense of course!).
I hope that my blog posts on how not to train and (hopefully) run a marathon will be a lesson to all that read!
Wish me luck!