After graduating in October I decided to just carry on running and enjoy the freedom of no goals of times and distances and with no plan to follow. I didn’t know if I would keep motivated this way but, surprising even to myself, I did and really looked forward to each run!
Then in January, after lots of talk on here of B210K, I decided to go for it too. I tried a couple of podcasts that were over a 9 week period but just couldn’t get to grips with going back to intervals; I so much prefer to just keep running….. So around week 4 I ditched the podcast and just went out with the aim of upping the distance by 10% or so each week and see how I got on that way.
I was still using my normal route each week around back roads, just adding to it to get the extra distance covered and then, after getting bored with this, went for a completely new route which had a nice array of flat, downhill and uphill roads to cover – along with main roads, traffic queues and commuters from the station! As I run mostly after work I knew I would most probably see some regular bus and train passengers about 3/4 of the way into the run and just where a nice slow incline starts which just helped me dig deep and carry on past them as they waited shivering at the bus stop; there was no way I could lose face and stop could I??!! At the weekends I would run this with my hubby who has been great at supporting and encouraging me the whole time and is a great pacemaker too even though it annoys the hell out of me that he can run seemingly effortlessly with no training at all! Grrr……
Anyhow, after a couple of days of freezing, arctic winds delaying a few runs and having a bad cold on another occasion here I am, 11 weeks later, running 10k in 1hr 9mins!! Woo hoo!! Completed it last night with a loud whoop and tears in my eyes and I feel absolutely fantastic! I never, ever though I would be able to do this kind of distance but here I am, 50 years old, achieving something I have never done in my life before…or even wanted to!! I still can’t quite believe it and nobody can wipe the silly grin off my face either!
Wow! What a journey to get to this point and to remain injury free too; I feel very, very lucky when I read of those here who are on the sidelines recovering from one thing or another But I won’t take it for granted as who knows what is around the corner……
So after a lovely meal last night and a well deserved glass or three of red to celebrate I actually feel fine today. A rest now though until the weekend and then onto the 5x50 challenge!
Thanks to everyone here for your continued support and encouragement – what a fantastic running family we have!! I am so proud to be part of it!