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!
- 23.12 Portsmouth Coastal marathon (4:23:18)
- 05.09 Stonehenge Trek marathon (7:29:23)
- 20.12 50k Harbour Challenge (5:44:10)
- 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)
- 08:01 Resolution run marathon (5:16:50)
- 05.03 Malta Marathon (4:47:58)