Last week I put myself on the line and signed up for Cheltenham’s first half marathon. Along with Lee I am determined to do this for Steps and for Erin. I wrote about my reasons why and my own surprise at what I had signed up for. Even though it is a charity so close to our hearts.
Each week I shall share the highs and lows of my training and how I am feeling about it all. This past week I have been given lots of encouragement from friends that had seen my announcement. I have just spent the weekend at Center Parcs with Jane – who has three marathons under her belt. I spent the weekend having great fun and between copious wine drinking Jane gave me some good advice from apps that can help with a training programme to telling me I actually need to start bloody running! I was a bit taken aback that I needed to train four times a week. Four times? What’s more Jane thinks it will even put me off drinking wine. Now, I’m not sure that is a side effect I am wanting. Considering she didn’t get me on a bike all weekend, she now knows how much I avoid physical exercise!
Whilst on Twitter the other evening I found a couple of fellow parent bloggers discussing the Chelt half marathon. I jumped in and said I was doing it too. They asked how my training was going. I said hmmm I’m going to start this week. Then I was asked what half marathons I had done before and how far I could run? ummmm none and umm probably to the car.
I still wasn’t worried! Afterall it cannot be that hard surely. Otherwise people wouldn’t do it -right? Steps have been so encouraging and will be supporting us all the way. They are sending us running vests a=which show who we are supporting.
Today was the new start and I actually got on the treadmill and ran. I put on the stereo and I ran for fifteen minutes. It was hard, I got hot and my legs were weak. I kept setting myself little goals. I aimed for 10 mins as I got near that I thought I’d keep going to 1 mile. Then I stopped for a glass of water and got going again. I managed to get to fifteen minutes and 1.4 miles.
My legs were shaking after finishing and I am seriously wondering what I have let myself in for. However it has made me more determined and I know that as I am writing this I will do it. I can’t bottle it when I am telling everyone I’m doing it!
1.4 miles run on the first effort. Now I just need to keep upping it. I would love your encouragement and your sponsorship. Just click the Just Giving below to sponsor Lee and myself.