On Sunday two years ago I set out of my front door on wk1 run 1. I came home afterwards and my husband looked at me and said "are you supposed to be that colour? it looks very worrying."
Last year when I wrote my first year runnerversay post I was in training for a sprint triathlon. I was just about running 5km and it was a struggle. On 31 August last year I completed my sprint Tri.
400m swim, 15 km cycle and 5km run. I completed in 2:03:55 I loved every minute of it. The structure of training was fantastic and I loved the way cross training felt.
I was a bit lost after my Tri and I wasn't sure which way I was going. Due to past health problems my heart rate runs a little high especially when I run (I have had it all checked out with my gp) and It was keeping me back at going further distances. I struggled to run a 5km and it took me days to get over it.
After a conversation with a fellow runner, I had mentioned that I had tried run/walk and I coped with the run better but I felt that I was letting myself down. He told me if thats is what helps to increase my distance why did it matter. So in September I "allowed" myself to adopt a run/Walk training program. I haven't looked back as my body found its feet so to speak. In November I signed up for a Half Marathon in May.
Again I loved the structure of the training plan but being so slow I found it hard with the longer training runs with having to find 2.5 hours for the longest run. I also found fuelling those runs difficult but I made it through the training with the fabulous support from here to completing my first half marathon on 10 May with a time of 3:08:43.
In juicyju style my thoughts on pro's and con's of what I have learnt in the last two years
I have learnt patience with my body. I am a slow burner.
I have learnt to adapt to what I personally need to do to run and get out of it what I want.
I have learnt to be proud of MY achievements.
I feel healthier and fitter than I ever have
I still compare myself with others sometimes (I try not to.)
I can often bite of more than I can chew and then won't quit. (But without that I wouldn't have a Hm under my belt)
I know I would not feel as motivated and passionate about running without all the fabulous support and encouragement that comes from all of you. Waking up every Morning and reading all your posts and giving out the graduation badges are the best form encouragement I could ask for.
So for all the support over the last year I thank you from the bottom of my heart and here is to next year as we all journey together.
Happy running everyone.