Thursday, 23 March 2017

Why running?

I gave a little update on my running in one of my previous blog post - life lately. Mentioning my running plans and having booked into my very first 10K run. (Yes I really have got the bug..)! I had every intention to write a full post about my running and then I  read a post of Kat Louise's about the gym.. ('how I busted my fear of the gym', here). And it made me think about what I do, and inspiring others.

But let's take a step back and look at why it's running I've chosen... 

When I was younger I was never sporty - I wasn't on any teams. Despite giving it a go it was probably way too easy for us to duck out of P.E. or slack at the back. Perhaps we weren't pushed enough. I don't know. I wish I'd known (or believed) back then how much I could, potentially enjoy fitness and exercise. As I really have turned my life around. I used to spend evenings on the sofa - with no exercise regime in place at all. Now you'll find me training (bootcamp) in the park 2 evenings a week, and on a Saturday morning, if it's a really good week!

It stated back in may 2015 I decided that I'd take up running. I've blogged previously about my running so don't want to repeat myself but... I started out with the couch to 5k programme. I would TOTALLY recommend it if you want to get into running. You can read that post here.

I've been running 5km for about 18 months now, generally around once a week as I got to bootcamp as well. There just aren't enough days for rest days.. if I run too often. I really am the fittest I've ever been. But I was stuck at 5K. I've done slightly more - once running 7.5km just to test myself. Once. But I hadn't seriously thought I would continue to run longer distances. I'd run a couple of Parkruns, a RunThrough 5K and also the colour run last September.  All of which I really enjoyed. You can read a little about my running journey here.

This is why I needed the next challenge, so early on in January I booked myself onto a 10K. And with that I needed to up my training. I downloaded an app called 5K to 10K - a 9 week training programme to get you to the 10K distance. A few weeks past and I hadn't yet started. So that plan was out the window. I then found a 6 week training programme online which I then followed. You can find it here. I think it's slightly better for me than the app I originally found as that included walking and I just don't think I could go back to walking now. 

At the beginning of March I ran that 10K. I really enjoyed it.. It was at Bushy Park, it was a good route to run - twice around a decent section of the park. However I did find my Map My Run told me I'd hit 10K before I got to the finish line. So I have to say I'm sticking with that time of 52 minutes and 57 seconds. I can't quite believe it. I ran the first kilometre the fastest I've ever run, which I didn't want to do. Luckily I managed to settle myself into a good pace after that. But it also meant that I'd set a new PB for my 5K too. Hooray.

The great thing about running is that it's free.. although I'll warn you - you may become addicted to buying snazzy running gear... It's also a great opportunity to put some great tunes on and indulge in some 'me time'. As Spring is arriving I think it's the best time to start running or train for something. 

And would you believe it I booked myself onto my next 10K that very day!

Until next time.



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