So, after considering it for a while, the Hubby and I have finally booked our places in a half marathon!
As you may have read, I have run a half marathon before, back in 2008 – the Run to the Beat in London. It didn’t go especially well as I struggled in the last few weeks of my training with hip pain and shin and calf pain had always been an issue for me. So I just about managed to drag myself round in the much slower than I had anticipated time of 2 hours 33 minutes.
I’ve never been happy with this effort but after the race I felt a bit disillusioned with the whole running scene and decided to give it a rest for a while. I did take it up again, as you know, but have run when I wanted to, at whatever pace felt good at the time, alongside playing hockey and being a regular gym bunny.
But it now feels as though it’s time for a new challenge and I’ve been enjoying my running of late. I’m definitely stronger than I have been before thanks to a couple of months worth of Personal Training, which should really help reduce my risk of old injuries flaring up. Flexibility is still a big issue for me – especially in the hips – but I’m working on it 🙂
As for the hubby, he got into running big time a few years back and completed the Norwich Half Marathon in 2008 and ’09 and the Paris Marathon in 2010. But since then he has had back issues (two degenerated lumbar discs) which have held him back a bit and the running has taken a back seat. But a half marathon at my pace (largely for moral support and a kick up the bum!) shouldn’t be too challenging for him!
Anyway, as all good injury therapists should, I have just got back from purchasing a nice new pair of running shoes (Asics Gel-Pulse 5) which I will be wearing in and alternating with my old Asics (Gel-Cumulus) over the next few weeks. We’ve found a training program that suits us too. I find it really important to have a training program to follow, even if it is one that you have built yourself after looking at a few of the standard ones available. It needs to suit your lifestyle, aims and other commitments otherwise you won’t stick to it, so we have gone for a 3 runs a week program, with two cross train days. The standard long run will be on a Sunday for us, with a tempo run and an interval session thrown in the week, alongside football and hockey matches and a weights session or two!
So, the date of the race is Sunday 1st June (12 weeks to go!) and it’s the Flaming June Half Marathon, on the outskirts of Cambridge. My personal target is to finish in 2 hours. It’s gonna be tough, but I think it’s possible! We will see!
I’ll keep you posted on our training every couple of weeks, both the good and the bad, alongside other blog posts with tips, new research and common questions etc. Let me know if you’re training for something at the moment – especially if you’re in the same situation where you are looking to improve on a previous effort. It’s be great to hear from you and find out how you’re planning on achieving your goal!