Hello folks - it's me! Yes. It really is! I haven't written a post on here for absolutely ages so thought I'd do a "keeping in touch" post.
I am on my fourth pair of running shoes since starting C25K in March 2013, which means at least £400 has been spent on top quality shoes to cater for my gait and comfort. My latest pair are a pair of Asics Nimbus 17's - a neutral shoe, but I do have orthotics which are placed inside to keep me balanced. My podiatrist told me a couple of years ago that my left leg was shorter than my right leg - hence the orthotics. I love the Nimbus shoes cos they offer a superior spongey cushioning which I really like.
I've smashed both my 5K and 10K records in the past year. About three weeks ago I attended my local park run in Richmond and just felt the urge to "go for it". I placed myself near the front of the massive queue and took off like a gazelle on steroids! It's a tough course with the first two K down a lonnnnnng hill. I managed a sub 5 minute K on this stretch but by the time K3 came along I was a bit out of puff. Pushed and pushed through K3 and 4 which was hellish. An ex ITN news reporter (can't remember his name) stood about 500 metres from the finish line urging us on and telling us it was only another couple of minutes to the end. I dug deep and finished in 25'44 - a PB!!
Last January, some C25Kers from this forum met up in London for the London Winter Run. It was a horrible day weather wise - cold, and raining. It did NOT STOP raining. I stood in the starting pen on my own having managed to get separated from about 15 people from C25K Land, and froze almost to death. I stood there for aaaaaages before we actually started running but once we got going I decided to again "go for it". By 5K I had 26'45 on my garmin, which meant that if I could keep the same pace (yeah right?!!) I could come home in a personal glory best time. I had 54'55 to beat from the year before at a 10K run along the Thames I'd done and I felt sure I could beat that. The rain was ghastly but luckily I was warm from the run and when I turned into Whitehall towards the finish line at Downing Street I galloped like a racehorse. I knew I had a PB in the can - just by how much was the question. Mrs Garmin beeped furiously at 10K and I'd managed to do it in 53'11 - almost 2 minutes off my previous time! WHOOOP!
So I'm still running three times per week. I did start training for a half marathon I was going to do with juicyju, but the trianing wore me out. I decided I wasn't built for anything longer than 10K so I withdrew my desire to run 13.1 miles. Having run 3 X 10 mile training runs last summer (one a week) my body found the strain far too much and I gave up. It's fine though because I know that I could do one if I really tried, but the fact is I wasn't enjoying long runs. I got bored, annoyed and pissed off - which is not what it's all about!! So nowadays my runs are an 8K route along the Thames 4K out and then 4K back. I always stop for about 2 minutes at the halfway stage and eat some jelly beans - which is a huge treat!!
Just this morning though I realised I'd put on a few pounds! Too much wine and beer - so I am gonna have to lose this extra poundage. At least the running burns the calories. All I need to do is cut out booze for a while and be sensible. Having lost a stone and a half between Dec 13 and May 14 when I weighed in at 12'5, I have now increased in weight to 12'10 which is a DISGRACE!!! So slapped wrist for me.
Hope you all are running free still and tonking out the miles. It's marathon season soon and a few of the peeps from this forum are partaking in one or two. I shall be following their progress with fascination.
Keep well and keep running. You know it makes sense!