My marathon journey

With my next marathon, my 11th one to be precise, this coming Sunday it got me thinking about how far I’ve come since my first foray into running. What a journey it has been so far, without boring you too much here’s a quick summary of my running career.

In 2009 I did a couch to 5k program to lose weight and build up to run 10 miles with my sister in the Great South Run. I lost 5 stone in the process. Having completed that goal running fell by the wayside a bit. I wasn’t a runner at this point.

In 2012 I started running again, mainly for medical reasons, starting back on the couch to 5k program. As I don’t tend to do things by halves I’d entered a marathon in December, the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon, and I trained hard to run that, shifting all the weight I put back on in the process. This is still my best marathon time to date, 4:23:18. I’d found the love for running and pushed hard at it, continuing on after my goal had been achieved. I kept going until I injured myself in April/May 2013 where running stopped and the weight piled back on. This is the year I became a runner.

I still participated in the 2013 Great South Run but I was not as fit as the year before and didn’t get close to the 1:19 time I’d run in 2012. Training again fell by the wayside, 2014 came and went with another lacklustre Great South Run under my belt.

2015 then arrived and I set myself a monumental challenge this time by entering myself in a 50k ultramarathon, a huge goal. I started training for this and discovered parkrun. I’d been signed up to parkrun since 2012 but had never bothered going. Looking back on it if I had done those years would have been massively different. parkrun has helped rekindle the love for running and introduced me to my running family. I’ve gone from being a solitary runner to being part of something huge. It’s changed my outlook on life and made me a better person for sure. I’ve met so many wonderful people and made some true friends, my life has been greatly enriched.

It’s been quite a journey so far, the challenges getting harder and harder, it’s a 50 miler this year as the main focus! What ever next!

Marathons

2012

  • 23.12 Portsmouth Coastal marathon (4:23:18)

2015

  • 05.09 Stonehenge Trek marathon (7:29:23)
  • 20.12 50k Harbour Challenge (5:44:10)

2016

  • 03.04 Queen Elizabeth Spring marathon (5:24:41)
  • 24.09 401 Challenge marathon 390 – 27 miles
  • 01.10 401 Challenge marathon 397 – 30 miles
  • 27.11 Winter Festive Frolic 27.6 miles (5:21:43)
  • 18.12 Portsmouth Coastal marathon (4:58:07)

2017

  • 08:01 Resolution run marathon (5:16:50)
  • 05.03 Malta Marathon (4:47:58)
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