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I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running

I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running

Hi, guy’s and welcome to my first ever blog post! Scary, eh?

Well I did write one before this but deleted it. Who wants to read about the dentist and a tooth abscess!?

I was never one for exercise, but after having 3 children I decided to start running and try to get fit. (fitness and I never worked together nicely!!).

I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running

I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running:

My first mile was hard going; I must have stopped 10 times to catch my breath!

The second mile home was tough, well, in fact, I walked it back.

Setting A Goal:

So I needed a goal. I booked my first race. I trained hard.

Well as hard as I could for an overweight mum who did not like running!

The Great Manchester 10k run, that can not be too hard? Just over 6 miles? Can it?

The race was booked on the 23rd of May 2004. Eek. Time to start training.

Raising Money For Charity:

I decided to do the race to raise money for charity.

Something to work hard for and the thoughts of doing good would help me run around the course and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

All Charity’s are great so it was hard deciding which one to go for.

I picked Cancer Research UK to run for as my grandma was recovering from Cancer.

My Supporters:

My Husband drove me to Manchester and my Dad came along.

Below with my dad who filmed some of the race and a few famous runners:

I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running

I also got to have my photo took with Sonia O’Sullivan and Craig Mottram. How cool and inspiring!

Me running

I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running:

A smile before the race started.

Not knowing what I was letting myself in for!

Dressed in a pink ballerina skirt my mum had made me, too run in and my Cancer Research UK vest.

I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running

A photo before the start with my dad who had come with us to cheer me on.

Craig Mottram

Did somebody mention Craig Mottram!?

Manchester 10k

Once The Race Was Done:

After the race!!

I looked and felt like a beetroot!!

A bit tired eh Claire!?

I raised a total of £210-00 which I was very pleased with.

The race itself was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.

I said to my husband as I finished: Never again!! Never again!!

Soon after this race, I stopped running.

Not that I was ever any good!!

Or that the race itself put me off running.

Or running all those miles too soon after starting to run.

Taking A Break:

I took another year out to have my 4th child.

I started training again in September 2005 for my 2nd 10k race on the 6th of May 2006 Rother-Vally a 2 lap course, this one I finished in 1hour, 41 sec.

I was so tired out after this race I said to my husband “I never want to run again”!! AGAIN!!

My First Half Marathon:

For some strange reason I carried on running as I caught the ‘running bug’ and the 29th of October 2006 I did my first 13.1 miles race: The Worksop Half Marathon.

Even though my legs went wobbly at the end, I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 02 seconds.


Never Giving Up:

A lot has changed since my first run and races.

I always surprise myself.

I carried on running and do not give up when the going got tough. (And there is always tough days).

Nothing has changed in my training I still work as hard as I did then just a bit faster now.

What will be my next goals!?

I First Started Running In 2004.

When did you start running or a fitness routine?

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Keep an eye on my training and keep up to date with any running posts here: Running.

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10 responses to “I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running”

  1. Erica Price says:

    Well done you. I've started running recently as an easy way for me to keep fit. I've no plan to run any races though.

  2. 1978rebecca says:

    Oh dear feeling bad now. Was going to run tonight but didn't. Got a bit of headache but no excuse really. Must do better tomorrow.

  3. Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin says:

    You have dine so muxh! Well done you 🙂

  4. seasiderinthecity says:

    Well done! I am in awe of people that can run – I try my best but never stick to it long enough to really see results

  5. Mother Badger says:

    Good for you for sticking with it. I don't enjoy running particularly but I do like the sense of achievement/relief (delete as appropriate) afterwards!

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