Hi all, hope you're well.
I thought I should sign up in the hope that some other runners out there could offer some reassurance after a significant confidence drop. I've come to running pretty late in life. I'm 42 now, never been a runner, started with C25K just under two years ago, and was absolutely delighted at going from struggling with the 60-second runs through to being able to 'run' comfortable non-stop 5K.
I was genuinely surprised at how much I started to really enjoy it, and pushed on to 10K runs. I 'competed' in two formal 10k road races in September and October of last year, finishing in 1hr 4min and 1hr 3min. Inspired by just how much I started to like it, and by friends who completed it, and eager for another goal to really push myself, I signed up for the Stirling Scottish Marathon which takes place on April 29 this year, and started running training in November.
I'm genuinely enjoying the training, and it definitely makes me feel great. But I'm noticing a few things:
- I had hoped that running would start to help me lose some weight. I'm just over 5'8 and just under 13stone. My weight has remained pretty much static.
- I'm really slow! My 10k times, above, are pretty slow by all accounts. My fastest 5k is29min 57sec. On December 29 I'd build myself up in confidence to try a non-stop 20k. I managed it no problem, but again, pretty slow - 2hr 43min 22sec. Yesterday I had a shot at my first half marathon distance, and did it in 2:41:00.
I had initially thought I was reasonably fit and that a sub-5hr marathon was a sensible aim, but my times would suggest I'll be lucky to beat 5hr 30min.
Should I just be looking to finish, be proud that I've gone from no running to half marathon in about 18 months, and forget about times? Or am I doing something wildly wrong here? Does this progress seem reasonable? It's so hard to judge when you only run on your own (something I love, but it does make it hard to get context).
I worry that I'm maybe not running enough? I've done about 60km in January so far, and trying to give recovery time so that all those Achilles and plantar aches don't become monsters.
Anyway, thanks for reading etc. A new, enthusiastic, and s-l-o-o-o-w runner!