It’s Now Or Never

I have no idea how this happened but there is only 5 more weeks left until I run the Great South Run. Whilst I do run 3 days a week, I have been saying for the last month that I must get a running/healthy eating plan together. Finally I started at the beginning of the week.

Although I am very active, I had not been very good with my eating. I had avoided the scales since getting back from my holiday in June but knew things were not good as my clothes were not fitting me. I finally braved the scales on Thursday 8th September and whilst in the right range of BMI, I was 6lbs over my target weight. I hate the word diet on its own as I think this word is so negative – what I needed was a healthy eating plan. Another words, cut out on those crisps, biscuits and chocolate. Well my completed challenges, London trip and making banana muffins, in the last week didn’t help much, but on Tuesday I put that behind me and put everything into eating well and exercising for two days. Weigh in day saw a loss of 1 3/4 lb so not bad at all.

When I first started running, I did buy myself a new pair of running trainers. They have been a very good friend to me and I love them but I decided that I needed a new pair. This was the perfect time to buy a new pair and wear them in for the big event. I stayed with the same type as before but went a bit bright (okay very bright!). I love them.

New running shoes
New running shoes

I always run on my own and have never taken part in an organised run before so I needed some practice with that. My daughter was going to take part in a Parkrun so I thought I would gatecrash too. I signed up and was quite excited about it. I felt a bit nervous about it the night before and nearly didn’t go.

Parkrun’s are organised timed 5 km runs and run in public places. Our local run is along the beach. Kathryn’s boyfriend was running too and as they are both competitive, I was left on my own. I have to say I was very slow and it felt so hard. It didn’t help that the day was cold so I had put my hoodie on and needed to take that off half way through. Kathryn passed me along the route and gave me a wave of encouragement. She finished a good 13 minutes before me so was at the finishing line to encourage me to finish. In the end, I got a time of 36.43.

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I am starting to have doubts that I can manage this challenge but I have told myself I am going to walk some of it. If I do, I will try again next year. I also realise that whilst I run up to 6 miles sometimes, I am only doing short runs during the week. When I first started running, I did 30 minutes running every other day so although it is darker in the mornings, I am going to set my alarm earlier and run 30 minutes Monday and Thursday this week and then maybe do another park run on Saturday.

My next blog post about this challenge is going to be more positive towards the run and hopefully I will be a little smaller!  Positive thoughts – this girl can!

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One thought on “It’s Now Or Never”

  1. You did awesomely at the Parkrun- the hard part is the getting up and out on a Saturday! And you will complete the challenge. Walking doesn’t mean failing it!

    “[Running is] suppsoed to be hard… the hard is what makes it great!”

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