For those who don’t already know, I LOVE RUNNING.
Why? It requires little to no equipment. Improvement is almost instant and directly linked to training. And it provides time to both think, or clear the mind, depending on what you need.
In my opinion, running is the perfect sport. On a bad day, it’s a way of pressing the reset button, whereas on a good day, it’s a celebration of freedom and good health.
I know I will never be the quickest or be able to run the furthest. Yet still, there is an overwhelming sense of achievement when I beat a personal record or complete a race. It has been estimated that 10.5 million people in the UK run, but we all know the real competition is with ourselves.
Despite my enthusiasm, I’ve had an on-off relationship with running. In 2013, I ran the Adidas Silverstone & Colchester half marathons, followed by the London marathon later that year. After that, life got in the way and since then, I’ve done nothing more than dabble.
Running t-shirt by Iffley Road
Now I have more time on my hands, I’m hoping to step up my running game. Not to the same extent as marathon training, because that was just INTENSE. Ain’t nobody got time to run five days a week. But it would be a dream to get somewhere close to the same level.
My current 5k time is 85 seconds slower than my PB set in 2013. My current 10k time is a whole 6 minutes slower than my PB set in 2013. And let’s not even talk about half marathon times because there is no way I can currently run that far, nuh-uh.
I’m hoping to train in a similar way to the way I trained in 2013, with sprints, long runs and pacy runs. Maybe with the addition of strength training because that is one thing I missed out in a big way. It seems unnecessary, but I think it could be the thing that is going to make the biggest difference. If you have any game changing running tips, please throw them my way.