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So after running the Hayling Island 10 miler in just under 1 hour 40 on Sunday I have done basically a years training and running races. I just thought I would share my story if anyone is interested....
I started using the gym at my College last year in an attempt to get fitter and lose some weight - I knew I had to get fit as dieting would never allow me to lose weight I like my food to much!!! The gym's free and got me my confidence by running on a treadmill regularly. I signed up to do the Marwell 10k as a goal for my training. Once I was confident of running on the treadmill I started running on the roads locally to get more practice. I set myself the goal of doing the 10k in under 60 minutes and managed it in 59.13, it wasn't easy but the sense of achievement was amazing - so much so that I signed up to do the Wyvern 10k in Fair Oak pretty quickly after.
About this time I started to do the Frimley Lodge Park parkrun - a great way to start a Saturday and has really helped with my general fitness and running. I have done about 10 and my 5k time has fallen from 28.25 to 26.49 which is going in the right direction.
In total this year i've done 4 10k races (Marwell, Wyvern, Coalville and Fleet) and my pb after Fleet is 55.27, but I did throw up crossing the line - which wasn't great fun!!! I also got talked into doing the Butser Challenge - probably not the best run in your 1st year but it was amazing (both the weather and the race) and I finished it and will be back to try again next year.
I have had great fun this year and feel so much better in myself, it's just annoying that I never did this earlier (i'm 38), but I never had the self confidence and was always concerned what other people would think - now I guess I don't care. My only concern now is my 5 year old daughter who worries that I talk to women whilst I run and that's not fair on mummy.....
My aim from all this is to run a half-marathon by the end of next year and just basically continue to enjoy it. I know I will always think about my times and want to beat my bests but for me that's healthy. It's always fun 2/3 of the way round a race when you feel the pain but then at the end when you've finished it feels great.