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.
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.
Despite all this I am an eternal optimist and so I hope that one day I will get faster and it will feel easier..
Wish me luck!