Well, I thought it high time I got around to posting an update about what I've been upto lately with my running and how it's all been going generally. I've been back posting for a bit but as yet haven't got around to posting an update - until now!
Loads of new faces here and I look forward to getting to know those with whom I'm not yet acquainted, plus catching up with everyone I do know. But first a reintroduction is necessary, I feel, for those who don't know me. I started C25K back in April last year, 2014. Having no real running experience whatsoever, I decided to give it a go. What little fitness I had was rapidly declining and my weight was increasing slowly. I knew I had to do something, but what? What indeed. I know not how but I stumbled across the C25K program and decided to give it a go, joining up here shortly after.
What followed has been a life changing revelation and something I really didn't expect: I love running! Of course, it wasn't easy at all and hard going in places, but I stuck with the program and graduated last June. Lots of races followed: 10Ks and two half marathons and things were going rather well. Until a couple of Unexpected Medical Occurrences: (UMO; love a good abbreviation and acronym, me!) a random anaphylactic (another, at that!) episode which is still as yet a mystery as to what the cause was, and anaemia, which likewise, is also a mystery as to the cause, although research I've done has shown that anaemia is common in runners.
Anyway, being finally diagnosed with anaemia was a relief as my sudden decline in performance, lethargy and the struggle with my beloved early mornings was finally explained. The diagnosis was in June and I've been on iron tablets since. Managed to struggle through the Mersey Tunnel 10K and also the Leeds and Hull 10Ks, during which I met up with fellow member here, Tomas, which was a delight and a great experience.
Since then, I've been working on upping my distance, as I have a marathon next month: the Yorkshire Marathon. My training was going okay until the anaemia and then it just became too difficult to do any serious training with. Against many odds and to my surprise, with great determination I've managed to get myself up and out there again and have put some serious training in. On Saturday I did my longest run yet, which was a 21.03 miler, and which was thoroughly enjoyable, if a bit of a tough old run. I've been working hard on distance, and also speed as well, and I've had a flurry of PBs in these last couple of weeks, to my delight, and surprise.
This coming Sunday I'm doing the Belfast Half marathon and am massively excited about it; it should be a great race, plus the break in Belfast will be cool too. It's been a long while since I've posted a race/run report, but I'll see to that with a race report after the race. Then, the weekend after that it will be my final Marathon Training Run (MTR) before tapering starts. Less than a month now until the marathon; I've no idea where the time goes! I've not exactly had the best training build-up to the race, but I have to work with what I've got and will make the best of it.
It all sounds a hell of a lot, all this training, marathons and so on and if you're new to the program, you may think that all this kinda stuff is beyond you. Let me assure you that it certainly is not. I could hardly run for those initial 60 seconds of W1R1 only 18 months ago, and now look. All it takes is some determination and belief that you can do this (and you can!) and the program will do the rest; trust it, as it really, really does work. I owe a lot to C25K, and the good folk of this forum. Whether your goal is to get fit, get/stay active, run a marathon or just meet great new people, you're in the right place as C25k and running, is all that and more.
So, there have been a few setbacks and issues, but all in all things are looking up again and I'll finally get back to keeping you updated with regular run and race reports. Ideally I should have been here a couple of weeks ago to tell you all about the man on the roof of a pub early one Saturday morning, as I was midway through a 20 miler. He was drunk, clutching a bottle of vodka and lobbing abuse at the very disgruntled police below. Oh, and he was wearing only a pair of black underpants. The thing us runners see early in the morning, eh?!
Happy running to you all; good to be back and getting caught up with everyone again.