I stumbled through the door 10 minutes ago, got changed into my running gear, having a quick cuppa, then heading out to do my first ever attempt to run 4 miles with the oh-so-lovely Dani. It’s been a goddamn shitty day, so hopefully I won’t die or break a leg, and fingers crossed Dani will go easy on me. Will update post-run so we can see how it panned out. Wish me good luck!
— UPDATE —
I DID IT!!!!!!! Despite a shitty day, a painful & bloated stomach, getting lost on my way to see Dani, the rain and the wind I managed to run 4.16 miles in 56 minutes and 34 seconds (I reckon it was 54 minutes with all the faffing around before we started running but you know…) There were no stops, no walking, just RUNNING FOR ALMOST AN HOUR!!! It might sound like nothing to more experienced runners, but for me, who did 1.16 miles 5 days ago and almost died I think it’s a massive improvement, never thought I would be able to do it, and now I am super proud and happy! Massive thanks to Dani & her sweet sweet booty in front of me that kept me motivated when I thought my legs would turn into spaghetti! Now I need to stretch a little then it’s bedtime. Sweet dreams!!!
As you know I was incredibly ill last week and I foolishly thought that I had recovered, which I have – but maybe not as much as I would have hoped.
Either way, with the thoughts of this silly half marathon in mind and massive guilt plus panic over not having started my training yet, I decided to go for a run today. The weather in London is beautiful and I was very much looking forward to hitting the pavement with my gorgeous new running shoes.
Sadly, this run didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted it to. As soon as I had run about 0.25 miles the snot just started pouring out of my nose (I know, not a very good look!!). I didn’t have any tissues on me, so I tried to sniff it up as much as I humanly could.
Annoyingly, this resulted in my entire nose being so blocked up that I could hardly breathe. After about 0.75 miles it started venturing down in my throat, so it became more and more difficult to breathe and it just felt like my entire head was clogged up with snot. I tried to push on, but as soon as I got to a bit over a mile, the snot won. I walked for a little while, hoping my body would absorb it all, but sadly it didn’t.
Safe to say I wasn’t too happy about this at all. But I figured that a little bit of running is better than no running at all. Plus, considering how hilly my neighbourhood is (as in – we got a lot of hills!) I did manage to work up a bit of a sweat running up and down and up the hills.
Official training with the girls starts in January, so I have until then to make sure I can run about 3-4 miles with ease. I guess it’s all about taking it one mile at the time for now. I am pretty confident that I can manage that, as long as the snot & the illness stops cramping my running style. Fingers crossed that I’m right!
You might think that I’ve lost my mind by signing up for this and I think that’s a very valid opinion to have. Even I question my decision to do this from time to time.
Because I hate running. There I said it. I really hate running. With a passion.
So why on earth would I agree on doing this then?
For many reasons to be honest but the main two are…
First of all, I think my hate for running is a small glitch in my system, because I think it’s an exercise form that would really suite me. I just don’t know how to run and I can’t motivate myself to do it. That’s where my lovely team of fabulous girlscome in to the picture. We are here to motivate and support each other, as well as having some fun.
Secondly, I know that I will need a lot of determination and motivation, I will need to stay focused, be able to follow a very strict training schedule and so on. My mind will probably try every trick in the book to fool me into thinking that I can’t do it and that my body can’t handle it and I will have to be able to turn it all off and just run. These are all skills and mindsets that can be applied to different areas of my life – so my thinking is:
If I can do this, I can do ANYTHING!
So you can expect a lot of running tweets & blog posts from me from now on… But hopefully you are all just as excited as me!! I know some people will laugh at this and think I can’t do it (like my boss or my mum…shame on you!) but I am determined to prove all nay-sayers wrong.