Okay. My first run is over. I’ve broken the ice, and now there’s no looking back. To start training, Heather and I are going to be using the NHS podcast Couch to 5k that talks you through your running over a nine week period to get you up to a 5k run.
Since there is almost exactly nine weeks until our first run – the Race for Life 5k in Hyde Park, it’s worked out pretty perfectly.
I’m not a morning person, and I really didn’t think I could do this, but with a hectic work schedule, a pre-work run was the only way this was going to happen. I live just by a park and surprised myself by enjoying my 30 minute walk/jog around the ponds (there are still so many baby ducks and geese! Cue the ‘awww’s) and around the petting zoo to say good morning to the billy goats. Yes, my park has a petting zoo. Beat that.
Week One of the NHS Couch to 5k is a nice gentle start, which is just what I needed. With a 5 minute warm up walk, and then alternating 60 seconds jogs and 90 second walks, it was just enough to start getting me in the mindset of what this is actually going to be like.
The next two runs will be the same, but it will start kicking up a few notches and I think I’m finally ready (in my head anyway…my legs may disagree). Wish me luck, and please do show your support by helping me our and giving some money to an amazing cause here: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/fillingthepages
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Okay, well I’ve mentioned it already and now it’s becoming very real. I really am about to start training for a marathon. And throw in a 5k, a 10k and a half marathon in the meanwhile. My family has been affected by cancer more than once and I want celebrate the fact that those closest to me have come out the other end of treatments and surgery, and are still living happy lives, and luckily I’ve found a good friend with her own desires to give something back to Cancer Research.
Except, me and my running friend Heather have decided to try and put a little twist on things by running our races around the world. We’re starting with the Race for Life 5k in Hyde Park in July, then the idea is to do a 10k potentially in North Africa (still pending) before hitting a half marathon on the Great Wall of China. To top it all off – we’re really set on getting to Jamaica for the Reggae Marathon. Because, well, if you’re going to run a marathon, why not do it on a beautiful island with beaches you can collapse on afterwards?
But we can’t do this alone – we need all the support we can get. We’re both raising money (hopefully we’ll manage to merge our two sites together, but for now if you can, please donate here: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/fillingthepages) and we’re looking for any and all kinds of sponsors to help us along the way. We’ve already been contacted by a few experiences runners and a nutritionist who’s going to take away all our biscuits and chocolate (aahhh) but if you know of anyone, or if you yourself think you might be able to help us in some way, then please get in touch.
We’d love to try out new training programmes, fitness gear, anything really! If you happen to own a plane that could take us to China and Jamaica…well that’d be just fine too.
Most of all, we need lots of encouragement, so please keep checking back to hear how I’m doing, comment, donate, and if you want to join us in any or all of our runs, even better.
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