2017 became the year when running took on a more serious note. I loved the feeling that I got after my first race so I booked lots more races.
I’d seen in a magazine a race advertised in London. Now I love going to London so this seemed ideal. It wasn’t a really serious race as it was a cancer research one but it was a big one, as in the amount of people who enter it. Twenty thousand people! The London winter run was a fundraising event for cancer research and a fun event with entertainment around the course. Snow machine at the start, people dressed up as polar bears and penguins, singers and bands. Definitely sounded fun.
I started in January with the girls run the world challenge of running everyday in January as I do love a challenge to keep me motivated. Some days I only ran a mile but every week I ran one run of at least 10k. In preparation for the London winter run.
I successfully completed the challenge and got the T-shirt. Then it was the weekend of the race, we travelled down to London on Friday evening so I could do a spot of parkrun tourism Saturday morning. I know most people don’t run the day before a race but I can’t not do parkrun if I’m away from my hometown. So off to Southwark parkrun my husband and I went. I took it easy so not to over do it. Although my time of 26.49 wasn’t bad.
Race day came and I was nervous but excited, we arrived at Trafalgar Square and I’ve never seen so many people! This was Big!
The race went well and I loved every minute of it, the crowds, the entertainment and the polar bears.
After this I entered lots of local races from 5k’s to 5 milers to another 10k. Including Race for life with my mum and the Colour run with lots of family members for a bit of fun.
Then I made the decision to run a half marathon. What was I thinking! 13.1 miles!
November came and so did my first half marathon, it was scary but I’d done the training, I was ready and I think my time showed this. 2 hours 7 minutes and 39 seconds, I was so proud of myself.
The next challenge, The London Marathon. A charity place, I needed to train to run 26.2 miles and raise £2000 for Get Kids Going. It was going to be hard but I could do this!