Goals galore have been started this week! I now have not one but two incentives (or challenges) in the form of races…..
Earlier this week I entered the Bupa Great North 10km which finishes at Gateshead Stadium on 13 July.
Today, I completed a 28 minute run (approximately just under 3 miles apparently and there was a large hill to climb around half way – it felt more like a mountain!). That was the first run outside (ie not on a treadmill in a nice cosy gym) in over 10 years! There was no rain or sunshine so that helped a lot and I also needed a friend to run with me as I didn’t think I could do a run without stopping… She kept me going and at the end of the run I felt exhausted but pleased I had finished it without a stop! 28 minutes of non stop running … hopefully the start of many!
My late husband, Nigel said I should run the Great North Run before I reached the grand old age of 50! I still have a number of years before that deadline but I thought why wait? I should try and do it in 2014 to celebrate Nigel’s Life and for charity. So I wrote to the Newcastle Journal earlier this week asking if I could take one of the last 100 places for the Great North Run in September and explained why I deserved a place …. and they said YES!!!!
So I need to up my training a lot now…
For both runs I will be setting up another just giving page as I am running for Kidney Research UK in memory of Nigel. Think he would be speechless first – Nigel, a former journalist, was never lost for words! – and then very proud!
I’m taking the training challenge slowly at first but am now more focussed as I have less than 6 weeks to train for the 10km and 3 months for the Great North Run.
My reward will be the odd large glass of Shiraz …..just maybe not at the finish line!