Novice Runner Alert!
By Amanda Sellers
16 March 2016
The day before my 50th birthday mid September 2015, I quit smoking, at the end of October I started training for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016.
I managed to get a charity place with the Prince’s Trust so have a fundraising goal as well as a running goal. Everyone who knows me well shakes their head in a puzzled way and then smiles and says, ‘well, you’ll do it!’, when I tell them what I am up to. I want to inspire my two daughters and others to see that if you set a challenging goal, small steps can get you there.
So to start, you have to look the part. I love to shop and you sure can spend tons on sports gear. Most essential buy is a good pair of trainers; one bruised toe is testament to that. First run was 2.5 miles and my thighs hurt for a couple of days.
“Stretch after a run,” I was told. Lots of people have been giving me little snippets of advice, some conflicting. I found a good routine post-running on the internet and I make sure I make time for a good stretch with good effect. I love the sweat and burn as I get into a downward dog!
I work full-time for a healthcare company that requires me to work away from home a fair amount, so finding time to run is a challenge in itself. So I now pack more sports gear than work clothes and make sure I can access a gym or pool or both in case I don’t manage a morning run.
I have now run in Hemel, Chepstow, Hammersmith, Leicester - all over the place. I love it when I get a horn honk, it encourages me to keep running and not embarrassingly stop to catch my breath.
Yes my lungs and cramping toes are my enemy, so I need help to keep the circulation flowing and I'm cross-training with swimming, rebounding and Zumba.
A boost has been the support everyone is giving me
I still wake up planning runs and setting myself miles to run. As the date gets nearer my resolve is waning as work has got so busy and I am tired and not paying attention to my nutrition.
A boost has been the support everyone is giving me, though, and whilst I feel I bore them with my marathon hopes they have helped with sponsorship and good wishes.
So I’m trimmer, fitter and looking forward to April 24 2016 and that finish line!