Running

*Update* From December-early March I am training to increase my speed, as I have a trial in March where I have to run 5k  in about 21 mins or less, so I’m doing plenty of speedwork at the moment!

If you had told me not long ago that I would be able to run solidly for a number of miles, and enjoy it, I would have laughed at you! ‘Me, a runner?’ I now believe that anyone can run long distances, and enjoy it too! Running makes me happy, something I definitely would not have believed possible months ago!

As Bill Rodgers said: “Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run.”

My running story

I started runnning in August 2010. Before that, I literally could not run for more than a few minutes without collapsing! So I started off slowly and painfully, running for just a few minutes at a time with a stopwatch. 2 minute run, 1 minute walk, etc. I remember doing my first 6 min run/2 min walk, which nearly killed me! :P But the sense of acheivement when I ran 10 minutes without stopping, and when I ran my first mile made it all worth it! :D 

On October 17th, I ran my first ever race! A 10k in aid of Cancer Research UK (which I raised £300 for! :D). I was SO nervous at the start; I relapsed into my old minset and was sure I wouldn’t be able to run 10 whole kilometers!

A very freaked-out Emma at the starting line!

But I ran it, and finished strongly in just over 53 minutes! :D Unfortunately, I don’t know what my exact time was, because my timer stopped partway through the race, but needless to say I was ecstatic just to finish, and to finish so strongly! It was brilliant- one of the best and most enjoyable days of my life! This was a huge acheivement for me, as it was something I never would have dreamed I could have done just a few months before! And that was where it all began!

7 Responses

  1. Yay well done! What a super speedy time, especially for your first ever 10k! :)

  2. Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised too! I think it was partly because of the spectators- there were SO many cheering everyone on! There’s nothing like a bit of encouragement to make you speed up! :)

  3. I like the quote “Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run.”
    Bravo on your first 10 K, after that you will have your first 15K, then come half marathon and full marathon :-P
    I had my same remarks as you were when my hubby asked me to try long distance run when I couldn’t even finish a merely 2km run.
    I started off 5k, then 7k, then 10k, then 15k and then into triathlon and now still have not really fulfill my resolution of making the half marathon but I believe I will :-P

  4. I know, it’s a great quotation! I love quotes- I have a whole list of motivational running ones that get me out the door when I’m not in the mood! :)
    Thanks! I hope so- can’t wait to enter more races next year! Unfortunately there are very few races till after February-ish, so I have a while to wait! And I’m very impatient! :P
    Hahaha yep I know exactly what you mean! Wow a triathlon- that’s tough! Well done! And you will- believe in yourself! :D

  5. [...] So basically, I started running last year to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I went from being someone who couldn’t run for 2 minutes to someone who ran 10k, and I couldn’t believe it! You can read more about my story here. [...]

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