So back in 2012, I went along to a few races that my dad was doing to try and get a bit fitter, I was technically a member of Purbeck Runners but never really took running seriously. At some point towards the end of 2012 the running bug bit me. I realised that the more I ran, the happier I was. It really was that simple a correlation! Running gives me more energy, a better general mood and it makes me feel more positive about life in general. Sounds a bit hippy-ish when I write it down, but it’s true and I really notice it now when I don’t run for a long period of time (like, 3 days!)
Running Bug Bites
Once the running bug had bitten me I started to make sure I was entering ALL the runs my dad was doing and, eventually, trawling the Runner’s World events section for any others I could do… I was hooked. Unfortunately I then got tonsillitis for three months in Spring 2013 which put a dent in my progression, however it was this enforced break that really made me be able to appreciate it when I WAS able to run. So, back to it in June 2013 I began upping my weekly runs from 1-2 runs a week totalling 10 miles, to at least three per week and 20 miles. My times started improving, for example my Parkrun went from 22:18 in 2012, to 18:46 at the end of 2013.
So to 2014 and the commencement of Training a Runner to record my trials and tribulations. More structure was added to my running again as I began doing speed sessions on a weekly basis, either on the track with Poole A.C or on my own on a flat road. Hill sessions were added to the mix with intervals and the long run on a weekend. My run count went up to 4-5 per week and by June my Parkrun was down to 18:17.
In May we saw the beginning of the annual Upton Summer Time Trials. A 3.5 mile race around a country park, where runners from all the local clubs come along on a Friday night to compete. The series consists of six runs and the person with the fastest time and has run a minimum of four races is then wins their category. Last year my best time at Upton was 22:10, in the first race this year it was 21:51. In the very last race of the Upton series I managed to somehow run 20:27, so winning the 20-39 age group category! A certificate and £20 voucher are all mine. I didn’t even realise I was in contention as we stayed to watch our son pick up his category prize and then left, not knowing that my name would shortly be read out!
Ok so I didn’t win the WHOLE race, just my category but a prize is a prize and when you’re halfway through the year, it’s a nice reward for all the training and some good motivation for the rest of the year.