It’s now been just over a week since 3 of my colleagues and I signed up to run a half marathon in September to raise money for the NSPCC and so here is the first of my weekly posts which will go live every Friday to see how I’m getting on with preparation. I’m hoping that thinking about writing these each week will spur me on through training when I’d really rather be stuffing my face full of chocolate and slobbing out on the sofa.
So – this week I’ve been on three runs, on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. Saturday was only a very short run, two laps of Chinbrook Meadows which is the park just a couple of minutes walk from our home and two laps is about a mile and a half. On Monday I worked from home in the morning and so managed to get my run in then and on Wednesday I did pretty much the same run after work, in the rain. This time I did two laps of the park and then out of the furthest exit to do a big loop back home.
I’m using the ‘Map My Run’ app on my phone to track my progress and it’s such a great tool, measuring everything from your pace and elevation to mile-splits and distance – I’m totally hooked!
My weekly Pilates class on Thursday evening came as a welcome break from the running and I’m hoping that the extra core strength I’ve built up over the past year from weekly classes will help over the distance.
Let it be said here and now that running does not come easily or naturally to me. It’s a psychological barrier more than anything else – every step on that first mile or so, no matter how many times I do it, I want to stop. My head says “stop, stop, stop” as one foot goes in front of the other and I can’t seem to shake it no matter what. Eventually that voice gets quieter and I find some kind of pattern to keep me going but it’s going to be a long way to 13.1 miles.
We’ve set up a Just Giving page for our fundraising, I’d be so grateful if you read this and can spare a pound or two to help us on our way X