You know you’re a runner when…

  • You get more excited about your new running shoes than high heels!
  • Someone asks ‘so how long is a marathon?’ and your first reaction is ‘how do people not know!?’
  • Your pyjama tops are mainly race t-shirts or charity tops you have acquired from racing events
  • The standard ‘socks’ present in your Christmas stocking are new running socks
  • You have a drawer dedicated to running clothes
  • It’s easier to run up hills than it is to touch your toes

These are just a few that I can think of for now that I have personally experienced. I’ll no doubt post more as my training progresses!

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“You’re faster than the fat people who didn’t come out running tonight”

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This was something mentioned to me and my running buddy at the running club last night. We were feeling a bit self conscious at how slow we were compared with the rest of the group given our time away from the club. And this guy said “however slow you are, you’re still faster than the fat people who didn’t go running tonight”. I thought that was a great way to look at it. Even if you’re having a bad run you’re still miles ahead of everyone watching TV at home. Happy Thursday!

p.s. It was 400m reps, repeated 8 times with recovery in between. There were times where I wasn’t sure I would ever get enough oxygen to catch my breath! Good session, and I remembered my bug spray too.

 

 

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Five years

2009 raceforlifeI downloaded that Timehop app that looks through your social media profiles and tells you what you were doing on any day 1/2/3/4/5 years ago. This popped up yesterday – a link to sponsorship for my first ever 5km.

I’ve been running for five years. This was something of a light bulb moment as even now, five years later I sometimes don’t consider myself a ‘runner’. There are always so many people much better than me and I don’t enter that many races, I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the subject. But I enjoy it, and I do run. It doesn’t matter what my ability/level is. Part of me has been thinking that I will call myself a runner after the marathon. But if I’m out there running 5km+, doing sprints, hill training, and training my mum – what part of that’s not being a ‘runner’?

I remember getting to the finish line of that race thinking how exhausted I felt, now 5km is manageable. 5 years ago if you had told  me I would – at times – quite enjoy hill sessions I would have given you a ‘you’re crazy’ look. Funny how 5 years can change things! Right now I’m looking at people who do cross country in the winter as ‘crazy’. Maybe in five years I’ll be down there in the mud with them…!

*que my ‘you’re crazy’ look*. 😉

My mum’s a runner!

Words I never thought I would say, but she is! When we started her on a running program my goal was to get her to run 5km in under 35 minutes. When I shared this with mum her reaction was along the lines of ‘ha, yeah right!’.

Check out our run from this weekend:

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This is an amazing achievement for someone who has barely even run for a bus before, and it allowed me to lay some good foundations for my training. I worked it out and there are 50 weeks and 5 days until Marathon day…! If we assume that my current comfort level of training is 5km, and I want to have run at most 22miles in training before the big day including tapering, then I need to be increasing my ‘long’ runs by 0.4 miles every week. That’s 2112 ft. or 643.74 metres. That seems doable?

Another added benefit of training my mum is that focusing on her progress has helped me to become more structured in setting goals and planning how to achieve them. 50 weeks is a heck of a long lead up to a race, and I could easily lose sight of my goal in this time. So I’m going to set myself some mini milestone goals over the next year, and try and book some races in to fit around these goals. Seems simple enough!

Right now though I’m doing a ’30 day challenge’ at the hot yoga studio, which is where you pay a discounted monthly fee and you get to try out as many classes as you want in those 30 days, no commitment. There’s two weeks left so that’s my main focus for the next two weeks – get the most out of my money as possible!