So it’s been just over a week since my blog went live and I put the links on social media!
I’ll be honest it was quite a difficult thing for me to do and I hesitated a few times before I pressed the submit button.
But, the whole point was to say it out loud and make it real!
Well believe me, this week its got really real!
I have genuinely been surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of positive comments I’ve received on social media and direct messages!
Friends and family having conversations about it, in true Scouse fashion i have recieved a barrage of piss taking, I didn’t expect anything less from my nearest and dearest but even the banter has led on to positive words of support and encouragement and people asking when my next update on the blog will be?
WELL HERE IT IS!!!
I’ve had a couple of chats this week with people I didn’t even know had run the London Marathon before. They have all given me the highlights of their experience and advice im sure i will use in the coming weeks.
A lot of friends and family have also told me about things they have booked for next year, 5K’s, Half Marathons, even Tough Mudder! So, if youve signed up for these events, be prepared, im on the look out for running partners, the more the merrier!!!
My inspirational moment this week came in the form of a chat with my Mum! X
After Mum had gotten over the initial shock of me taking on the beast that is the London Marathon she began reminiscing over her running achievements.
When i saw her this weekend she was eager to show me her medals and had dug out her race times.
I knew Mum had embraced her girl power a couple of years back, joined a local run club and taken part in a couple of 5k’s. What i hadnt appreciated is that she had infact run quite a few 10k’s. Proud son moment which sparked a thought of “if the arl girl can do it so can I”!!
Mum went on to showcase her medals to my daughter who looked on at her in awe, wow my nanna has medals for running, what an inspiration. A real example of something to tell the grandkids. I want a slice of this, I want to make my children proud, I will make them proud!!
So what’s happened since last time?
A milestone achievement happened at run number 6, I finished the 2.3k circuit without walking, a consistant run which ended with me in a bewildered state of euphoria outside my front door. After being so frustrated on run 5 I decided to change it up a bit and I ran the opposite way (I looked a bit stupid running backwards like but it worked! ) 😂
The reason I ran the opposite way was because I had been using certain points on my route as rest stops or goals to aim for, running the opposite way changed my focus and I no longer knew where these points where or how far round my route i had gone. I made it! All 2.3k of my little beginners route all in one go! What made it better was just as I was getting to the end, the Mrs and Kids pulled up in the car, although I dashed past the outstreched arms of my daughter, who was desperate for a daddy cuddle after a long day at school, shouting, “move, move i’ve nearly done it” as I headed for the finish line, aka the front step. GOAL 1 Achieved and feeling pretty good!!!
My Finishing Step!
Run number 7! Lucky number 7? Well it was for me, I wanted to try and get to 3k, I knew roughly where I needed to get to and that was my goal that night, well I turned in to Forest Gump – I just kept on running! And managed 4.3k! I won’t lie I did walk a little bit ( power walking really, like Harold Bishop from Neighbours!) but I would say at least 4k was running! Happy days!
I also reached out to the local running club this week. I know a guy who is one of the coaches, i sent him a message and I asked if I could be their Water Boy? He said no! 😔 but said i was more than welcome to come along and join in their training session on the local athletics track!
So tonight can you guess where ive been??? ………………..Pizza Hut!!!!! …………..Just kidding!
I went and ran with the Kirkby Milers!
I was apprehensive, putting myself out there with proper real life running types but I have a massive goal and need all the help I can get.
It was great!!!
I was made to feel really welcome from the minute i got there. I met the Coach of the beginers group, told him my story, and he uttered 5 golden words i had needed to hear – you have plenty of time!!! Phew!!
Tonight I ran as a beginner, in a group of beginners, new friends heading in the same direction and striving for the same goals, well for the time being anyway. Non of them are as bat shit crazy as me and aiming for a Marathon in 179 days!!! Yikes!!!
Cant wait for next Wednesday now!!