My name is Jane and I am based in the North East of England. My reason for setting up this blog was to keep a diary of my training and the races I will complete, I hope it will keep me motivated and will show my progress and achievements along the way.
Running was not my first love, in fact the first time I stepped out I couldn’t even run a mile and thought how do people do this! I was puffing and panting and felt like I was going to collapse, it wasn’t as if I was totally unfit either. I got into fitness after I joined a local exercise class I had been putting weight on gradually and knew I had to do something about it. The classes included Kettlesize, Metafit and Insanity and I soon came to love the buzz of completing a tough workout. I still attend the classes 3 to 4 times a week and fit in running in between. I can’t bring myself to stop the classes and just run because I love them so much.
I entered my first organised running event last year, the Durham City Run 10k, and I roped my mam in to do the 5k route. What a brilliant night we had the atmosphere was amazing there was so many people out cheering all the runners on! I got such a great sense of achievement afterwards and was so pleased with my time of 52:20 I had put my time for completing it at 1:05:00. I wore my finishers medal with pride.
After this I entered quite a few more local events throughout 2017, a couple of road races and some trails which were very challenging. I hope to carrying this on into 2018 and have signed up for a few events already – I’m going to be busy!
The longest run I entered in 2017 was the Hamsterley Forest 10 Miler, I was not confident of completing a distance like this but I wanted to try and my thoughts were if I have to stop and walk for a bit then so be it. I shouldn’t have doubted myself I did run the whole race including the hill that went on forever! My time was 1:28:34 and I was over the moon with this as my goal really was just to complete the distance. I also dragged my mam along to this one and she completed the 5 Mile route I was so proud of her she really put the training in and I’m sure she will be joining me for many of the 2018 events I am looking forward to.
After completing the 10 Miler I started to think could I push on and complete a Half Marathon and when I saw the Durham Coastal Half Marathon come up I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It took me a few weeks of to and fro before I plucked up the courage to sign up and I am quite terrified by this one it says it’s off road and very challenging. I am worried that I should have chosen a flat road Half Marathon for my first one but I’m all signed up now and have until June to prepare myself.
My training in 2017 was basically to build up the miles by adding half a mile to my long runs every couple of weeks. I would do one long run a week then one or two short runs. I hoped that the fitness level I achieved from the classes I attended in between runs would help with the rest. Any tips and advice would be gratefully received.
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