So, I signed up to do the Great British 10k in London on 14th July - 9 weeks today.... It seemed like a good idea and is to raise money for the charity I work for but I'm now slightly scared that I'm going to struggle to do it or even do the training.
I joined my local gym a few months ago and have been going but struggle to do a lot and have avoided the treadmill as I struggle to even walk 1km without my legs getting tired.
So, I went to the gym yesterday and asked one of the guys that work there what I need to do to build up the strength in my legs. He suggested various weights and then to start running. I did the weights which were easy enough though definitely feeling it today so it must be worth doing. I also went on the treadmill (in the downstairs gym which was almost empty as didn't want to embarrass myself by 'running' in front of anyone. I couldn't even run for 0.25km as my calves got so tired, I walked for a bit then ran 0.2km then walked the rest of the 1km that I wanted to do. It worries me that I only have 9 weeks, I'm running with one of my colleagues which is good in some ways but she did a half marathon last year so is reasonably fit even though she hasn't really run since.
I'm a little scared I'm going to fail and that because of my mixed connective tissue disease I won't be able to run it (although have actually signed up and paid for it so I really need to do it). My colleagues and my boss have been pretty understanding about my illness but I don't think they get what is actually wrong with me and how hard these next 9 weeks will be for me. I did sign up for this and really needed a challenge but I'm just a little worried that I'm not going to be able to do this.
I so want to be able to run the whole 10k but even if I could run half of it I'd be happy but it's going to be a very hard few weeks. I'm trying to remember that I have 2 months and I have a friend who doesn't have this illness who is running a 5k in 4 weeks but can only run about 0.5km which does make me feel a little better so hoping I can strengthen my legs and do this..... x