Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The TWO MILE Runner..

OK I know!! 2 miles is excellent considering what I was able to run 3 months ago,and I have done 3 MILES TWICE,but it seems that 2 miles is my thing and to be honest I'm actually happy with that, for the moment.

Today I took my music out of my ears and put my GPS in my pocket and decided to just RUN and see how it went, it went great and I really enjoyed it. There was a point where I was starting to struggle, I was coming to an upward hill and a 'proper' runner was coming towards me, he looked over and acknowledged me which was great and gave me that little extra lift to get up the hill. Had I have had my music on I would not have heard him.
 The hill did take it out of me though and I stopped a few minutes later looked at my GPS and I had done 2.44 miles, I was really pleased as I have had a few shin,calf and general leg pains which have stopped me running recently so 2.44 was brill and a lot better that the1 minute runs I struggled to do a few months ago.

The music may have to go, I am going to listen to my body instead and stop running if it tells me to. I'm not going to push too hard to try and beat my last run, I'm going to enjoy running and be proud that I can do 2 miles. Sounds like a plan....

Sunday, 22 January 2012

#c25k I ran for 3.08 Miles

Not exactly speedy,but it's about distance, as long as I'm not walking I'm running.
For me its the distance that's important and at 3.08 miles (yes the .08 is important) I'm really happy. Looking back over my blogs it's hard to believe that I struggled to run for 2 minutes in one go, now 4ish months later I am running for 40 minutes non stop and achieving a distance of 3 MILES.

I did my first run of C25k on 26/9/2011 and with approx 6 weeks break in training for my op I'm well chuffed with the results. I do think however that Couch to 5K IN 9 WEEKS is quite a big ask for an overweight complete non runner like myself, but nevertheless its still a great plan and DID get me off the couch to becoming a runner.
 In one of my early posts I did say that I wanted to 'be a runner', I'm not quite sure if I can call myself one yet, but I am enjoying the challenge of trying to beat my distance each time I run and 3 miles,well, I can't wait to get to 4.

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." - John Bingham 

I have signed up for 3 runs for this year, all in chronological order and nicely spaced to fit in with my training program..
5k Sports Relief 3mile on 25/3/2012
10k Sunderland 10k on 6/5/2012 for Macmillan Cancer Care
20k Great North Run on 16/9/2012 for Epilepsy Research UK

January's favourite running tracks..
Frank Turner-Reason not to be an idiot
King Blues-Hang the Landlord
King Blues-Headbutt
Maximo Park-Our Velocity
Black Eyed Peas-I Gotta Feeling

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
Till next time...