Now I’m a fully fledged and unemployed journalist I am finding that the past 9 months of intense training have left me with a few interesting additions (mainly in the form of lbs and a death-defying liver) and subtractions (£££s). I’m not exactly destitute but I DO have a hemorraging car and a very broken laptop, which means I’m not jumping at the chance to re-join my old gym. I’m not reeeeeeally overweight either but I used to be a stone lighter and I was much happier with how I looked then.
I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, not just to have a marathon-runner’s figure (although, let’s be honest, if running put ON weight how many people would still do it?) but because I want to be someone who is just that fit. It’s also one of those things I want to do while I’m still supposedly at the peak of life fitness, before I hit 30 and my knees start disintegrating or whatever. So I’m going to run a marathon, possibly next year’s London Marathon, but first I’ve set my sights on running the London Half-Marathon in just over 100 days…
Actually, after googling how to train for your first half-marathon, the results don’t seem all that bad. I’m following a mixture of this plan, which measures my training in minutes, and this one which goes for miles. As my old pedometer only measures in kilometers, I feel I’m already on a winning amalgamation.
I’m going to blog my journey as I go, mainly to keep up my writing (now that my melted laptop has probably swallowed the diary I kept for 6 years) and share with anyone who might be interested in reading how I’m even going to attempt to do this. As well as those who are doing the same – please get in touch 🙂
And just so you know, I’m not a good runner. I was never fast at school, I go tomato-red within the first 10 minutes which is NOT a good look with red hair and I have horrible short, stubby legs which wobble when I’m going downhill like an unsteady shopping trolley. Filled with sweating tomatoes.
Today I launched my half-marathon campaign with a 3k run around my hometown of Dartmouth. I didn’t run up all the hills, but I still sweated like a trooper and got many a wry and amused look. It wasn’t too bad though… Something I would like to point out is that on the rare occasion I ran before I used to always do so first thing in the morning (otherwise I would end up putting it off all day) before breakfast.
This time, following the advice on the training programme I ran an hour or so after breakfast and I did find that it gave me extra energy so I was able to do more. I also read that if you run first thing in the morning it helps you burn more calories during the day, which is always a good thing. But I would like to try an evening run sometime too, just to compare as well as prepare for the possibility of someone actually giving me a job someday.
If you’re reading this and are attempting something similar or have any advice or tips for a first-time half-marathon runner, I would love to hear from you.