Welcome to January. For the already fit amongst you this will no doubt be the season of dread. The New Years resolutions are in full grip across the nation, gyms that were beautifully quiet two weeks a go are now bursting at the seams, the gentle lunchtime run has suddenly become a fight to the death against flashy-kit-wearing newly resolved fitness fanatics.
In 2014 I became a runner. I don't mean professionally, nor do I mean that I created a New Years resolution that altered my life. I began running back in 2010 where, on a whim, I entered a marathon and suddenly found myself with a training plan. I had been working for a boarding school at the time and was asked to take part in their cross country race. Having played sport at uni but never really run I thought - 3 miles; easy! It took me over an hour and I was so completely shocked at my inability that in that moment I thought I had to prove to myself that I could be fit because if I didn't do it now, I'd never do it.
|Ready to run to work|
Then in 2014 for the first time ever I followed a training programme - not to the letter in terms of activity but I did hit the mileage required each week and began to run regularly. I went in to the Cambridge half marathon in March hoping to beat my PB of 2:33 and ran 2:14. I was totally shocked at how quick I was. Guttingly, two weeks after that race I had horrible foot problems and had to pause the running completely for 6 weeks after medical advice. But that made me look back to my diet and I embraced a new diet I'd heard about - "Vegan Before 6".
|Royal Parks Half Marathon 2014|
At the Royal Parks Half in October I ran 2:01. Then I did the Saffron Walden 10k also in October and smashed my PB achieving 52mins. This week I broke the 25 min barrier at 5k achieving a 24:56 time at Cambridge Parkrun.
So now I am a passionate runner, I think about running when I'm eating, I run to work, I follow a training programme, I care about split times, I'm passionate about getting others to try running and I own lycra shorts. In short, now I am a runner.