11 September 2019

Running my first ever 10k!

A couple of years ago i decided to start running for exercise. I figured getting some fresh air and running around a pretty green park would be nicer in summer than spending time in a sweaty gym with no fresh air for me to breathe. What i didn't realise however, was that running is hard. I always saw people running along, not looking like they have a care in the world, making it look so easy. 

And then there was me. 

My face went bright red, i was sweaty, my breathing was so loud i swear every one within a 2 mile radius could hear it. All that and i could never get past 3k. My first ever run stopped at 0.5k and i was gutted. I used to be so fit and sporty at school and i never thought i wouldn't just be able to run and pick it up straight away again. So i ran a few days a week to get my stamina up and eventually i was able to do a 5k (it was a massive struggle and it took me a good 45/50 minutes to do a 5k but i did it... 

And then i stopped running. 

I don't know whether it was the winter coming in or living in the middle of the city centre where i had to walk for 15 minutes to get to somewhere to run and then walk back after but i just stopped. This was a year ago. So when the Sheffield Hospitals Charity said i could get a free charity place for the Sheffield 10k in September i jumped at the chance to get back into running. Not only did it give me something to aim for but i was excited about the challenge. 

And then i started my training. 

My first run i did 2k. Badly. I stopped a lot, i was tired and i could not physically push myself any further. My second run i told myself to not look at the distance or the time and just run until i was too tired to carrying on after a short walk. I then managed 3.5k. My next run was one i really pushed myself on, i decided to stay out and run/walk for an hour and see how far i got. I did 7.7k. Seeing the distance increase and being able to improve my pace really motivated me and i decided on my next session to smash out the big 10k to see what my timing was. I managed 1 hour and 8 minutes. Since then i've done 2 more 10k runs and both of them have been 1 hour and 8 minutes. All this after not being able to run past 5k a year ago. 

How did i do it?

A lot of people told me to do other exercise in between my runs to keep my stamina up but my legs hurt so much i just couldn't. So i read up on breathing techniques such as breathing using your stomach if your chest hurts and i started to experiment with that to see if it would help me get through the pain of stitch and whenever my chest hurt - and it did help. 

I switched up listening to a podcast to creating a playlist of songs that make me happy and have a good beat to them so whenever the song changed i was still motivated to keep going. 

I shared all my runs on Strava as well as facebook and sometimes Twitter too. This helps as although you might not think you have done very well on that particular run, the confidence you get when people tell you how well you've done is amazing and can motivate you to push yourself that little but further. 

Since being able to run a 10k i've been doing this distance on every running session i have (usually every 3/4 days). This is because if i start doing shorter runs, the longer ones will feel like much more hard work and i'd rather keep going for 10k to try and get use to that!

My race is on 22nd September and I'm raising money for the Sheffield Hospital Charity - If you want to donate you can here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/beverley-scott2 



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