I’m in my mid 40s and was generally unfit and a couple of stone overweight.I started running a couple of years ago for something to do while my daughter was at hockey training. I started by simply doing laps around the playing fields and gradually increased the size of the loop and then the number of laps. By the end of the season I was running a 10k loop.

Since then I have gone through the whole spectrum of feelings about running, in this order:

  • Contempt/envy of others
  • Hating it
  • Actively disliking it
  • Tolerating it
  • Not actively liking it
  • Liking being able to do it
  • Liking it
  • Annoyed when I can’t do it
  • Enjoying it
  • Needing it

I planned to run the Goring 10k in March 2015 but sprained my ankle a few weeks before which put the mockers on that. That took ages to heal up (I made the schoolboy error of running on it too soon, more than once) but I was running more or less pain free by September 2015. I continued my routine of Sunday long runs and added one or two 5k runs on my way home from work during the week. Late 2015 I signed up for the 2016 Goring 10k and the 2016 Reading Half Marathon. 51:10 for the 10k, 1:54:42 for the half. I ran the half through an injury which was dumb but I was 40 quid out of pocket and I was looking forward to it. I basically didn’t run properly again until August 2016. I have been building up again and settled into a routine of 10 +2 5s a week. I was pushing for sub-5 km splits and did achieve that for the 5s and eventually also the 10. I then had an epiphany when reading an article about elite runners and their training runs. The thrust of the article I read was that you get 90%+ of the training benefit but much less risk of injury if you run 60-90 seconds per mile off pace. Given my two previous running injuries wiped me out for about 9 months in total I was keen to avoid injury. I dialled back the pace for my runs to nearer to 6 minute km splits which felt glacial and was actually a struggle to achieve at first but I’ve settled at about 5:50 splits.  This is a leisurely pace at which I could comfortably have a conversation.

I have now signed up for a busy start to 2o17 with the Woodcote 10k in early January, Goring 10k again at end of Feb and the Reading Half in mid March.  The half is the main event so my training is geared to running well in that. This week is week 1 of a 12 week plan. More on this in later posts.

I now describe myself as a runner, which is a bit of a turn up for the books.

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