Month: February 2014

Runners Tell All Linkup: My Story in 250 words.

Welcome to my first blog post! This post was inspired by the “Runners Tell All” linkup (details below), and I hope it will be the first of many in 2014. Check out my About Me page if you like, or just read on for a short summary of how I caught the running bug!

“Runners Tell All” is a monthly linkup for runners of all ages, skill levels, and experience hosted by Sunshine to the Square Inch and The Lady Okie. Each month will feature a different topic, and you can find all the topics listed here.

My Running Story

My first running experience was a spur of the moment 10k in May 2002 – the Britannic Asset Management Women’s 10K event in Glasgow (Scotland). I attended my university gym regularly for fitness classes, but had never actually jogged/run before. One day, pumped with endorphins after a particularly good workout, I saw a poster advertising the event, signed up for the university team and started my first ever eight week beginner’s 10k program. Eight weeks later, I ran the 10k in just over an hour, nommed on a Burger King as a post-run ‘reward’ and … didn’t run again for ten years.

In 2012 (one degree, one full-time job, two house moves and two cats later), I unpacked a box and found my eight week program. I’d lost some weight, and still had a good pair of Brooks trainers so I decided to give the program a whirl again. I ran in the evenings after work, when there was enough light, and occasionally at the weekends. Then, in 2013, a lightbulb flickered into life and I started running in my lunch hour at work. I remembered how much I’d valued the sense of personal achievement from running, and the hour of light and fresh air improved my mood. I ran my second ever 10k in November 2013 in under an hour, and my third ever 10k in January 2014 at a new personal best time of 56 mins 27 seconds. No Burger Kings this time, and I’m still running!