This time last year I was preparing for my first ‘running event’- the Canary Wharf jog, a 5k route which seems comparatively laughable to me now.
I never set out to go and do a half marathon ever really. I’ve always watched or gone to see the London Marathon and thought “I’d love to do that,” but didn’t think I’d have the time or stamina. I got into it off the back of swimming because I could no longer make the training after work, once I started working in London again.
We’re lucky enough to have free spit ‘n’ sawdust gym in my building and although it’s not the biggest of places, has all the basics. I’m not into weights (yeah I know I should mix it up but #cardioforever) so a treadmill, a bike and a cross-trainer is good enough for me.
I started running outside just over a year ago when I realised that 1) it’s much more simulating than running stationery, in what feels like a green-house at times and 2) my sense of direction isn’t as rubbish as I thought it was- I’ve only had to climb over a fence once when getting lost!
So yeah…however cliche it is, I have caught the running bug.
Reasons why I love lacing up my trainers to pound the pavement:
- Exercise is therapy for your mind and exercising outside is even better for you- waiting on the heatwave so I can get me some tan!
- It makes you feel productive for the rest of the day, especially if you manage to do it first-thing in the morning.
- It’s freeeeeee…you just need a half decent pair of trainers (if you’re a beginner) and the road.
- It’s precious ‘me’ time, where I can get lost in my own thoughts.
- I feel less guilty about having ‘treats.’
- I feel a lot more toned and healthier, running won’t give you drastic weight loss but it helps you to maintain a certain weight level.
- It helps you to appreciate the outdoors more.
- Even when you’re completely KO’d after a run, it gives you this addictive buzz.
- I love the achievement I feel after I run a little bit further.
- Losing yourself in an awesome playlist (see my latest below) helps make everything a little easier.
You can sponsor me for my half marathon challenge here, to help me raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
Keen runner like me? Leave me your tips/thoughts in the comments below.