I mentioned back in March (where is this year going?!) that I had taken up running and had signed up to run my first 10k at the end of September, as it was a goal of mine to complete my first 10k this year. September seemed like a very long time away for most of the year because, well, just because it was(!), but here we are now, fast approaching the end of August and I am feeling more than a little nervous about the Great Yorkshire Run I am due to take part in in my home city of Sheffield on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
Oh my word, in five weeks I will be running 10k – a walk in the park to some people yes, but I have never run more than 5k in one stint, so I really can’t imagine doing that distance twice! I’ve enjoyed running this year as my primary form of exercise but I will admit that over the summer my approach to it has been very stop-start-y, what with birthdays, holidays, festivals, general life getting in the way. I haven’t made as much time for running as I should have and I’m a little embarrassed to admit that.
Nevertheless, after returning from a summer holiday to my beloved Greece a couple of weeks ago, I have been determined to knuckle down and get on with training. I have set myself my 10k goal for this year, I have told family and friends that this is what I am doing, so I will not give up!!
Taking advice from my good friend and all-round fitness inspiration Helen, I have begun doing, and will continue to do, two after-work runs and a longer weekend run (5k and hopefully a little further each time) each week to prepare for the race. Helen, a London Marathon completer, is a keen runner and recently posted some great pre-race ritual tips over on her blog at Helen Got Fit. I’ve been following Helen’s advice and if you’re just starting out in running or looking to improve your form, you should definitely go and give Helen’s blog a visit.
Looking ahead to the race day, I don’t have any time that I want to beat as this will be my first race and I will just be happy to get through it, to be honest! I will admit that a tiny part of me would be super, super thrilled if I completed my first 10k in an hour or under, but the bigger, more realistic part of me knows that in the state I am in, that’s probably not going to happen so I’m not paying too much attention to that naive ambition. My boyfriend Steve will be running his first 10k with me on the day, so it is a first for both of us, and together we’ll be raising money for Diabetes UK, because everything the charity is fighting for is a cause close to both of our hearts. You can find out more about why we have chosen to raise funds for Diabetes UK here.
I’ll let you know how we get on, eeeek!