There are just over six weeks to go before I take on the Great Eastern Run and I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard.
I’ve always tried to keep myself fit and after spending most of my youth playing rugby for Peterborough, my more recent years have been spent trying to find something to fill the void that stopping playing had left. After turning 40 I decided I needed to pay more attention to my health and fitness. I was inspired after watching the Great Eastern Run last year, seeing people of all ages taking part and seeing friends come in at the finish line. I’ve spent time at the gym, doing weights and classes. I’ve tried swimming and yoga and although I want to continue doing all of these it was seeing the runners last year that inspired me the most.
Why I’m running?
I am not trying to break any records and although I’m aiming for 2hrs I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t make that time. This is about a personal challenge but most importantly it’s about completing it for the charity I’ve decided to run for – Young Person’s Counselling Service. I wanted to run for a local charity and one which I think do great work. As mentioned in my previous blog about the run, mental health is an issue which often goes underappreciated, underdiagnosed and underfunded with waiting times for counselling unacceptably long.
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My training schedule has been intermittent and although I’ve been putting the miles in, it’s not been the most structured. With six weeks to go, I need to be increasing the regularity of the runs. I found a few training schedules online and I will be aiming to get at least 4 runs in a week as well as doing some yoga in between the runs to help loosen me up and avoid injury. I’ve had persistent calf cramps over the years and my hamstrings and hips are not the most flexible.
6-week training schedule
I’m not sure how my rickety body will hold up but here goes!
If you want to support me and the charity I’m running for I would be immensely grateful. Please go to my Just Giving page to donate. Thank you to those who have already donated and those who are supporting me.
Until next time.