Monday, 28 April 2014

Help... I think I'm Turning in to a Runner

In less than 3 weeks time I will be running the Manchester 10k to raise money for the NSPCC. It feels strange to be telling you I'm running another race. After all my previous 5 mile run was an accidental win on Twitter!

In fact, if you'd have told me a year ago that I was even considering running 10k I would have laughed in your face. But strangely, at the age of 31, I find myself dragging myself out of bed at 6.30am on a Saturday morning so that I can eat my breakfast early enough before my 9am Park Run. Errr... WTF??

At school I hated running, I would get so out of breath within the first 100m that I would make myself ill. No one ever taught me about controlled breathing or starting out slow, I would bomb it for 30 seconds and then struggle for breath.

This is pretty much how my first runs went last year when I realised the mammoth task of a 5 mile run was approaching. Id sprint and walk, sprint and walk... and it was ok... it worked at the time. Gradually, after the race was over I began going out running for me... as a way of winding down after a long day. Still I'd exert myself and then slow down to catch my breath.. until one day, I started out slow. I jogged at a slow steady pace, controlling my breath and I jogged... and jogged... and I didn't stop. I couldn't believe it! I was running... albeit slowly... I was running non stop!

My biggest run so far (without stopping) has been 6k but over the next 20 or so days I'm going to hopefully ramp that up.

I'll keep you posted on the progress but in the meantime feel free to sponsor me.. it's for the kids!!

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