Some of you will already know me, some of you won't, so I thought a bit of an introductory post was in order.
My name is Neil, I'm 43, and since graduating from C25K in early November 2017 and Bridge to 10k this July, I'm contemplating what to do next, as I'm sure many of you have too. Currently the furthest I have run is 15k albeit at quite a slow pace, 7:00/km ish if memory serves. My 5k time is still a shade over 30 minutes, but at the last try I got it down to 30:12. Oh those pesky 12 seconds!!! Anyway, I digress...
The question is, where next? Do I really want to push myself to further goals with running? I think the answer to that question has to be yes, on the basis that running has transformed my self image, my mental health, and is encouraging me to be a much healthier person, and I'm not sure what would happen if I just coasted at the point I've got to. I'm at the point now where 10k runs don't scare me, I never doubt that I can do it, and am quite happy to go a bit further. I'm also exploring hills more, and enjoying the challenge.
I've been asked by a friend from church who also runs if I want to do the Wilmslow HM with her in March. I just don't know. Do I? Unlike probably a good few of you here, I'm not that competetive, I just like to run. I think I could probably be ready for the distance by that point, though I don't think my life schedule is organised enough to handle roseabi's excellent HM plan. I'm worried if I do an actual race, I'll just end up right at the back and that will knock my self confidence. I'm worried that my pace would be way too slow, but having said that, it's be awesome to say I've run a proper HM.
I'm really hoping you wonderful people will have some wise advice for me!!
That's all for now