As previously mentioned in my About Page, I started running three years ago. I started slowly by following the couch25k programme. I must admit that whilst I built myself up to run for 30 minutes, I rarely achieved the 5k. After running a lot in May, I have pushed myself to go further which is a good thing as there are a few running challenges to complete. Today I managed a tick on Challenge 25 – Change your running route one day.
Not very adventurous, I normally run round the block a few times. I change the direction and that is when I am being daring. I also keep to quite a flat surface and do not cross busy roads. After joining the Strava community, I try to sign up for a monthly challenge and this month was completing 10k. I thought I would combine this with changing the route. So first thing I had to do was to turn right instead of left, cross the road at the traffic lights and head towards the sea. It was very pleasant and I was soon at what I thought was half way. Quick look at my phone and I had only run 1.8 miles. Knowing I wanted to achieve 6.2 miles I thought rather than go back the same way, I would change my route again to make it longer. I found out the reason I stick to the same route. If I ever got tired, I was not far away from home. 2 miles from home feeling I could not run any further did not seem fun to me. I realised that this was psychological and I had to overcome it.
One of the things that helps me with my running is my music. I always start with a walk to George Micheal’s version of Feeling Good. Then I go onto my running play list which has a mixture of songs that I love. I was really needing something to keep me running when Tony Christie’s Is this the Way to Amarillo came on. Just the inspiration I needed. One of my Mum’s favourites so I felt she was spurring me on. On the home straight, I was further inspired by Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger, Aston Merryfield’s Get Stupid and the one that kept me going to the end was Keep on Running by The Spencer Davis Group.
I was overjoyed at managing to actually clock up 6.5 miles and overcome some fears along the way. Not forgetting the most important – another challenge ticked off.