I am still wondering why I agreed to do a half marathon, as even though I have a good base level of fitness, I know how hard it’s going to be. I’ve been running on and off for about 5 years particularly enjoying the easier option of the treadmill, the furthest I had run until very recently was 10K. I have done one 5K and one 10K race but never been very up for putting myself out there.
Working alongside the sport team at the council you can’t help but get swept along by their enthusiasm and commitment to improving your fitness and over the years I have found myself doing spinning classes and circuits till my legs drop off! Running on the other hand is a whole different kettle of fish, I really admire my colleagues who can run with what seems like relative ease and I want to be able to do the same. So I decided to let them twist my arm and also agreed to the publicity as well!
So, no more treadmill, I have been running outside trying to increase time on my feet and my speed across a 5K distance. I have always been an average 10 minute miler and am struggling to improve on this but I have managed to increase the time I spend running to 1hr 45 mins which was 10 miles - am very pleased with that so far. So for now my plan is to keep going, gradually increasing the time I spend running whilst continuing with the spin and circuits that I really enjoy. I have time on my side (for now)!
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.