This week has been one of reflection. A year ago today I completed my first ever event, the Sports Relief 5k and graduated from the couch to 5k programme run by my local club, the Leighton Fun Runners. Tonight, I ran alongside the latest group of couch to 5kers, supporting them as they themselves tackled their first ever full 5k. It got me thinking how much I’ve changed since I completed it back then.
I never set out to be a ‘runner’. I was at a time in my life of change and trying new things and also wanted to get a bit fitter. I joined the couch to 5K programme after hearing about it from an old school friend via social media and thought it would be a great way to get a bit fitter and maybe meet some new people. From the start, I never found it easy. I always approached each weeks task with a ‘I’m never going to be able to do this’ attitude which whilst I always ended up surprising myself, often made it a lot harder than it needed to be. I managed to reach the end of the programme and even signed up for membership of the club, still not really thinking of myself as a runner, but someone who was giving it a go occasionally. Shortly after I suffered an ankle injury which meant I completely stopped running and lost all confidence in my bodies ability to do it.
It took me three months to gain the confidence to go back to club and I’m so glad I did. Last week I ran 5 consecutive miles under 10 mins and this weekend I completed a 10k race in my home town in 1:00:47, not quite a PB but given the ‘undulating’ nature of the course was an amazing achievement for me. The point is, my mind set has changed completely. I’m now craving challenges and I am constantly pushing myself to achieve more. The last 6 months of running have seen me almost starting from scratch to training for a half marathon and setting myself new targets and goals every week. I don’t think I’ve ever been this motivated about anything before!
So at the end of the first quarter, here’s how the targets I set at the start of the year are looking:
- Run 700 miles minimum – so far this year I have run 200.65 miles
- Complete 12 events – to date I’ve completed 2 x 10k’s and booked 1 x 5K, 6 x 10k’s and 3 x half marathons (a total of 12 so far and I imagine there will be quite a few more)
- Finish 10k in under an hour – my fastest so far has been 1:00:37!!
- Complete at least a 15 mile distance – Kinda forgot about this one but I’m sure after the first half we’ll give it a go.
- Trail running – make the most of all the lovely routes we have locally – I’ve booked the dirt half, a mostly trail half marathon and also organising a bluebell run in May in a local woods.
- PB’s – lots of them at all distances! – I have smashed my 5k PB and am hoping to keep bettering that 10k time!
- Push myself to achieve but remember its all about having fun too! – I’m definitely doing that so far 🙂
I’ve still got a way to go on some of them but I’m pretty pleased with the progress so far!
P.S. No bling this weekend but I did get a really cool Tshirt – here’s a few pics with my normally awful running face on!