Why I’m not running GEAR 10K this weekend

bespakAnyone who has read my blog for a while will know that I am a bit of a health and fitness freak. I’ll never been that girl who denies herself a treat or refuses to go out for dinner, or checks the calorie content in everything she eats, but I love to keep fit and eat well. I am that girl who loves her vegetables, prefers to drink water instead of tea or coffee and who feels rubbish if she hasn’t been for a good workout. But at the same time, I love a cheeky Nandos, I love cocktails and I can’t live without cheese. So it all balances itself out.

Two years ago, I was probably the fittest I have ever been in my life, when my personal trainer friend took me under his wing and decided to turn me into an athlete. I trained every other day with running, swimming, weights and loads of cardiovascular exercises to push my body to the limit. I taught myself breathing techniques, regularly did pilates classes and worked on my flexibility. All this training had me at the peak of fitness and I felt amazing, I had given up drinking for a while and was feeling good and looking good. As a target, I signed up for the 10K run in my home town – GEAR – and began extending the distances I was covering. Finally, after months of training, the day arrived and I was ready after an energy-filled breakfast for action.

I was running on behalf of the newspaper I work for as part of a story I was writing, but was also raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after my boyfriend’s cousin was diagnosed with the condition. I managed to raise just under £300 which I was quite proud of, and it gave me the motivation needed to complete the run. That doesn’t mean it was easy at all though – it hurt and at several points I didn’t think I would make it round, but I did in 63 minutes which was far better than my time in training so I was very happy. My boyfriend also ran and made it in a great time – so we kicked off the celebrations at a birthday party before heading to the pub and out on the town. Sitting around and then dancing all night was not the best combination and I could already feel my limbs seizing up.

The next day was agony, trying to get up and down three flights of stairs each time I needed the loo or a drink was awful and my body has never hurt so much all over. But it was worth it, I was so proud that I had done it. Last year, unfortunately we were away on the day of the run so we couldn’t take part, because I would have liked to have tried to beat my time. Sadly, now it has been two years and I just can’t seem to get motivated enough to run competitively again. I seem to remember the pain of the next day all too well! I am still keeping up my health and fitness, eating well and going to the gym three times a week, drinking plenty of water. I also run often at the gym, but I just can’t seem to tie myself down to a goal of completing an official run, perhaps because I have completed this one the once, now I need a different route. I’m not really sure why, I just know that I won’t be running the GEAR this weekend, and definitely won’t have the chance next year as I will be on my travels. Maybe I just don’t have that competitive edge, but boyfriend certainly does and is running this weekend so I will be going along to cheer him on and it helps me kill two birds with one stone if I work while I am there and interview people for Tuesday’s paper!

How competitive are you when it comes to running? Do you have any targets coming up?

4 responses to “Why I’m not running GEAR 10K this weekend

  1. I have no competitive edge when it comes to running, I am a plodder, slow and steady with the aim to just get round. Last year I did my first 10k in about an hour and 15 minutes, oddly enough though I didn’t really hurt the next day, so maybe try a 10k again but taking it slowly instead of racing?

    • See I’m almost the opposite of that because I have found that the slower I run the more my joints ache afterwards, I think the heavier plodding motion must strain my joins more and mean more impact with the road. I find the faster I run, the lighter my step so it actually helps to reduce aches and pains. I really struggle to keep a slow pace because of this, I find it has given me a bit of a mental block on running slower. Not sure why I ended up in such pain last year – I did my stretches like a good girl! I think I probably will try one again at some point in the future, but I will need to find the time to train first! Do you think you will do another Lisa?

  2. 10k is fab Lucy. I’m supposed to run the Chester half marathon in 2 weeks time but have a fractured metatarsal so I’m gutted!! I’ve still got my entry going spare if you fancy it?? X

    • Haha I’m glad I did it but also very glad not to be doing it this year! Haha definitely don’t think my little legs could take a half marathon! Hope you heal up soon and can get on that 5k in July! Xxx

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