14 Jan 2017
Guest Blog - This year is going to my year!
When I was younger (back when I had lots of time for myself i.e. pre children) I used to run. Then life happened and my running drifted into the background as something I would have 'liked' to do but really didn't have the time for. Then two years ago, we moved house. We left the area we'd spent 8 years building a life in. We left friends, family, our support network and our social circle. Suddenly I found myself in a new area, knowing nobody and stuck at home waiting for MANY repairmen with 3 children aged 5, 2 and 8 months. And I was BORED. So bored. And lonely! I wanted to get out and meet people but wasn't sure how. Not when my husband was leaving the house at 6am and not getting home until 7.30-8pm. On a local site I saw someone was starting up a running group in the evenings, two nights a week. BINGO! But had it been too long? Could I still run? Would I still enjoy it? Only one way to find out!
So I got in touch with the lady organising it and turned up for that first inaugural run. We named ourselves 'The Ninja Bunnies'. I can't remember why now but I remember it was hilarious at the time. We started with lots of walking up and down the road stretching as we went, and then the running started. Well, run walking. The easiest way to get into running is through a run walk programme like Couch to 5k. It's easy to follow and builds gradually so you won't end up hurting yourself. Bonus being that if you find it difficult, then you just repeat a session. Or a week. There's no pressure. From that very first session I remembered how much I liked to run. It was time out. Out of the house, out of my head, out of being 'mummy'. Just for 20 minutes or so to start with, but it was definitely a start. It was great to meet other women and not just be 'so-and-so's Mummy'. Twice a week we'd meet, and if at all possible I would go out a third time on my own with my phone telling me what to do, and my music in my headphones.
Within 6 weeks I was ready for my first Park run! If you haven't been to parkrun...GO! It's fantastic. A free weekly timed 5k run. There's a tail runner volunteer, so you will never be last! Everyone is friendly and helpful and there's an amazing atmosphere and no pressure. Just don't forget your barcode! Run, walk, dance if you want to! Just have fun!
I went and ran 5k non stop for the first time in a good few years. I was BUZZING! And I've not looked back since. That year I did several park runs, a 5k colour run, a charity 5k race and eventually a 10k run. Last year was going to be 'my year'...until I hurt my ankle and was on the injury bench for 4 months. The boredom was horrific! But, finally I got the all clear and I was able to start building back up. I was even able to tick the Great North Run off my bucket list. My first half marathon in 7 years!
This year is definitely going to be my year. For some mad reason (I suspect wine was involved), I decided that this year I would run a marathon. Not only would I run a marathon, I would also run an Ultra Marathon! No! Better yet...I'd run TWO Ultra Marathons, a marathon AND an OCR!
So here I am, pouring over training plans getting ready to pound the pavements, and the countryside I'm now back living in, in preparation. 3 children cheering me on from the side lines (1 of them is my personal trainer 2 days a week as he screams at me to "Go faster Mummy!" from his buggy) and a very long suffering husband running me baths ready for my return at the weekends. It's not going to be easy but I'm determined that I'm going to do it!
By Charis Lucas