I can’t believe it is that time of year again, time to register for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. Last year when I took part it was the first time I had regularly run since before my daughter was born in 2011.
I didn’t really have any excuses but signing up for the Mini Marathon inspired me to get back out and hit the pavement. I started my training at the end of January last year and used the couch to 10K app. I honestly felt it was a great guide and a great help. I could see my progress every week, the running became easier, I lasted longer and could go further.
As we got closer to the big day I was running more regularly and going further distances. Anyone who knows me knows when I commit to something, I really commit! What also changed during those months of training was I started to enjoy it more. I know I wrote last year a piece for the paper on how I could see how running become addictive and how so many people actually crave a run. And I definitely got the bug myself and really felt it the weeks I didn’t get out for a run.
The day came and went and the Women’s Mini Marathon 2016 will forever live in my memory as a great day. A day when I saw with my own eyes the thousands and thousands of participants, their commitment and their drive. As well as seeing the hundreds of charities being represented that day. It was emotional, more so than I was prepared for. The energy at the start of the race was incredible, the chats I had along the way with so many women, who I had never met, but became instant companions; wonderful. And of course the feeling of almost disbelief after crossing the finishing line. It was an amazing day from start to finish.
That feeling stayed with me for a good few months afterward and kept me training. But like many people (well at least I hope I am not alone) once winter set in I stopped running. Now a few months later, when I got my reminder to register, I got a bit of a fright. I have to get out there again and start training, there is no way I would be ready for a 10K now! But it was a good fright, a buzz at the idea of running again. So let’s do this! Let’s get out there and get ready for the Women’s Mini Marathon 2017, for another great day.
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