I run because I enjoy it.
I run because it helps me keep fit.
I run cause it clears my head.
I run races as they enable me to test myself and occasionally allow me to raise money for good causes.
As you know my first 10k was the movember run in Greenwich at the end of 2012.
They sent an update of our worldwide efforts to support prostate cancer.
I am proud and privileged to have played my part to help reach such great fund raising targets.
Do you still need an excuse to start running?
So the cold has gotten the best of me and I have not donned my running shorts since the Santa run.
I spent two days sleeping off the effects of this awful cold and am now only just getting back into the swing of things. I have made it into the office the last two days but this is purely because I know this is my last two working days of the year!
I am not sure when I will run again – I want to get out before Christmas and hope that I may be able to squeeze in a run on Christmas Eve. It’d be nice to get out there and to get some air into my lungs as I feel I have stagnated a bit since being ill.
I will definitely be continuing the running throughout 2013 and will be in the knowledge that I start the year as a runner with an enthusiasm for exercise and self-improvement – something I never would have considered at the beginning of this year!
Within my first (half) year of running I have accumulated 409 km of running distance, logged 74 runs, ran my first 10k and my first 5k dressed as Santa. Raised nearly £1,800 in sponsorship and found a whole new community of friends, followers and supporters.
I would never have imagined any of this being possible on the 1st January this year and am amazed, stunned and pleased with my success.
Now I need to find a 10K or two to sign up for in the New Year (sorry Enda it won’t be the Serpetine Dash on the 1st January!)
Here’s to a happier, healthier and possibly faster new year on the road
Very nearly there. Not far to go to reach my target and there's only 6 days left. Please sponsor me for Alzheimer's Society. Remember it is my first ever 10k, please make it worthwhile.
Just 7 days until I run my first ever organised 10K. I have only been running for 6 months and really want to crack this target and to raise £1,500 for Alzheimer’s Society. I am 80% of the way there – I just need you guys to help sponsor me on this final week of sponsorship.
Remember you do not need to be in the UK to donate but if you are please gift aid your donation so that we can raise even more.
7 days and counting…
There are only 12 days left until I run my first ever 10K race and I am excited and a little nervous.
My friends and running colleagues have told me to ease off on the training before the big day but I have decided to stick with my modus-operandi. I am running two 30 minute runs in the week and a long run (as close to 10 k as I can get) over the weekend. This should lead me nicely to the MoRun on the 25th.
I am inching closer and closer to my sponsorship target of £1,500 and just need a few final generous donations to help me reach the magic number.
I am running in aid of Alzheimer's Society and have been humbled by the generosity of friends, family and colleagues. I never imagined I would raise as much as I have already and would love to start and finish the run knowing I have banked £1,500 for such a worthy cause.
Tonight's run went well and I managed a good pace throughout the race. I seemed to be in good spirits throughout the run, regardless of the dark and the wind.
Fastest song tonight was We All Wanna Be Prince by Felix Da Housecat which had the right amount of beats to get my legs going like the clappers!
Tonight it felt like I simply got on with it and I wasn't too hung up on how long I had left to run, whether I needed a drink or worrying about my breathing. I just hope this is the case when I run on the 25th! I am sure I will be fine on the day as I am running with friends and it'll be a whole new experience running with others – I always run on my own.
In fact thinking about it I didn't actually have a drink this evening until I finished my run and I wasn't wanting to clear my throat so much. Maybe there's something in that…
As you may have read I had a few minor gps issues which seem to have sorted themselves out. It'll be interesting to see how I get on when I pick up my new iPhone 5 as I will be running with a newer phone and on a different network. I am so tired of Vodafone No Signal so hopefully this may also help improve things.
I guess I need to get myself a new running arm band now to accommodate my new phone. Anyone want my current one? One careful owner!
This mornings run was windier than expected and thanks to rain overnight it was a little muddy too. I thought it was a little slippery under foot due to the mud and the autumnal leaves on the ground.
I struggled in places this morning but kept going and managed just under 7K with a good pace.
I tried to do some more work with ChiRunning today and stopped a few times to get my balance and check my posture etc. Not 100% sure I managed it successfully but I am sure I will get there!
Fastest song this run was Click Flash by Ciara.
I took a different route from the house this morning and it seems to have solved the problems I had with the gps signal on Thursday evening.
And I loved it!
Remember I am running my First 10K with MoRunning in aid of Alzheimer’s Society on the 25th November in Greenwich Park. Please sponsor me.
My run day was shifted to Sunday as we were out in the country with friends yesterday. We did spend about 5 hours wandering around Waddesdon Manor and its grounds and Richard and I spent a further hour or so walking around Bicester Village so it was a fairly active day.
As we were out socialising we did seem to eat more than we would usually and I wondered if this would have an effect on today's run.
I also went out after a morning of doing the weeks ironing and housework so I had used quite a reserve of calories before I got outside.
I decided to put on my new mock base layer as it was 5 degrees out with a wind chill that made it feel like 0 and yes it was cold. I didn't put on my gloves at the beginning and wish I had as my hands were cold to begin with. I needn't have worried though as once I got going I soon warmed up – even when it rained.
I completed two splits of 22 minute runs with one 1 minute walk in between. I covered 8K and had an average pace of 6:30 which is not bad considering all my worries!
Fastest song of this run was Acapella by Kelis but I am sure a few other songs helped motivate me through this run.
I'm going to try to do at least one long run mid week this week as I want to be certain I am happy with my progress for the MoRun. I know I can cover the 10k distance but have not run it continuously yet.
Best of luck to those I know who are running #RTTB and The Great South Run today. I am sure you all did very well! Maybe next year I might join you… Maybe…