Our lunchtime running club has certainly helped! I must say, running with people is so much better, the comradery gets you through. Once you set a comfortable pace, you can agree a goal and get through it.
I recently got some new running shoes; they make an unbelievable difference to running. My feet now feel like I’m on springs!! I would say that should be one of the first things you do, if you want to start running. I’ve also learnt loads about hydration, it’s worth drinking throughout the morning of your run and the day before, it almost gives you a cushion and everything seems smoother.
I find running almost like driving a car, I allocate where on the run I can go into each gear. This makes it so much more manageable! It’s hard to get out of 1st gear, but then you move into second and third, then you can see the finish line and you can open up the bonnet!
My colleagues and I have tackled trundle hill, which is worth doing pre-half! This made me very aware of what I’m going to face. You learn how to have a small gait and pace yourself through it. We’ve also tacked the Goodwood 5 mile race; this was my first race experience! I was quite nervous, but the adrenaline takes over and my playlist helped.
I’m really enjoying running now, different scenery and new routes help to make things more interesting.
Chi Half Beginners Blog
This year the Chichester Half team are following the progress of three beginners, all with their own reasons for giving the Trundle their best shot.