I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running. Hi, guys. So welcome to my first ever blog post! So scary, eh?
Well, I did write one post before this but did not like it and deleted it. Who wants to read about the dentist and a tooth abscess!?
Anyway, I was never one for exercise, but after having 3 children I decided to start running and try to get fit.
I chose running because I need to keep up with them when they are on the go all day. (Fitness and I never worked together nicely before!!).
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 for the 23rd of May 2004. Eek. Also, 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 charities 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 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 also got to have my photo took with Sonia O’Sullivan and Craig Mottram. How cool and inspiring! 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.
A photo before the start with my dad who had come with us to cheer me on. Did somebody mention Craig Mottram!?
Don’t dream of winning, train for it!” -Mo Farah
I First Started Running In 2004:
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:
So I took another year out to have my 4th child.
Then 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 on 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 are always tough days).
Nothing has changed in my training I still work as hard as I did then just a bit faster now.
I First Started Running In 2004: How I Got Into Running:
What will be my next goals!? When did you start running or a fitness routine? Keep an eye on my training and keep up to date with any running posts here: Running.
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How Should A Beginner Start Jogging?
I would say start steady and build it up slowly. Over the years I have been injured a lot through trying to add my miles up quickly.
Start off with a few stretches, walk then run a bit and keep this going through your first jog. Finish off with stretches and try to run a little long on your next run before you walk again.
“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”-Paul Tergat
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