Goodness, it has been a long time since I wrote anything on here!! I’ve overcome injuries I never thought would go and have taken up new and exciting physical activities including, rather amazingly, the aerial hoop. I’ve finally been able to regularly run 5km again. But one thing I still haven’t done is enter a proper running race.
When I originally set this blog up I was planning on running a marathon. I’m not sure that I’ll ever run a marathon now – simply because I don’t want to risk getting another injury. But I do want to start pushing myself – slowly and sensibly – on the running front. A few months ago, I quietly decided that I would look for a local 10km race to enter. Then a few days later saw THIS outside the Cambridge University Sports Centre, my beloved gym:
This 10K race is organised by Living Sport and is a new race for Cambridge. It’s on a nice, flat route based around my lovely gym. If there is a race meant for me, it surely has to be this one I decided.
I walked past this sign a lot before I found the courage to commit – and for a while I kept it quiet. It’s quite scary, committing to a proper race. What if I don’t train enough? What if I get an injury the day before? What if I am so slow I end up being last? These are the thoughts that went through my head and kept me silent. But then I thought: well, all I can do is try. And who cares if I come last – or even don’t finish. It’s the trying that matters and so that’s what I’m going to do. I really like that it will be both my first race and the first time this particular event is running (unintentional pun).
September is a good time for a race to happen – the sun should still be shining but it won’t (I hope!) be boiling hot. But it does also mean that my training for it will mostly coincide with the summer holidays. This is super tricky for me as I’m a single parent and have the kids most of that time – especially over the summer.
At the moment, I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to get my training in with the kids around – especially road running (as opposed to doing it on the treadmill). I’m going to have to get creative with my plans I think! So I’m going to use this blog to document what I get up to each week in the run up to the 10K. So, stick with me and see what happens – and maybe sign up for the race too? Only if you promise not to be much faster than me though…