30 Day 10km Challenge

So, I have inadvertently given myself the challenge of completing a 10 kilometer run with just 30 days worth of training! Shit!

If you read 2017 – Slightly Better I kinda mentioned I would be running a half marathon in April this year, well, a massive lack of commitment and dedication from me, in addition to a range of other rubbish excuses I requested a change from the half marathon to the 10k.

Then for about 2 months I still managed to do no training whatsoever, which has left me in my current predicament.

I am running the Southampton 10k on the 22nd April, its the 22nd March and I have 0 kilometers under my belt.

I hope that playing basketball once a week will in some way save me from being utterly embarrassed by my work colleague who has said she can run with me and I am also hoping that in the next 30 days I can prepare myself enough that I can still manage a reasonable time.

Aside from that I hope to pick up a couple of run’s over the next few weeks and I will of course keep you up to date with how the run goes.

Who knows, if it goes really well I may let you have my training plan so that you too can completely forget, leave it to the last minute and then panic knowing that at least if you fail, you tried and really that’s all that matters.

Last time I ran the 10k I managed to squeeze across the line, under 1 hour.. just about. So I guess my aim is to do the same if not slightly better… I am not exactly confident at this moment in time.

Have you ran a 10k with little to no training? Let me know in the comments about how terrible it was so that it motivates me to train harder out of fear. Thanks.


It’s Official – Southampton Half Marathon

So today I decided to take the leap and officially sign up for the Southampton Half Marathon. I’m nervous but also excited and looking forward to beating my existing personal best time.

I have done one half marathon before, the Silverstone half way back in 2012 (I think) and my time was embarrassingly shit, my training maxed out at 8 miles most of which was walked and I really didn’t prepare myself properly for my first proper long distance run.

Fast forward to 2017 and I feel my fitness is gradually improving, since returning from NYC at the end of May I have lost about half a stone mainly thought an improved diet and a huge increase in activity.

I am currently playing basketball 2/3 times a week plus running 1/2 times per week depending on basketball and the weather. I will also start putting gym sessions into the plan to include some weight and strength training. The basketball season starts in September so currently off-season training is helping and preparing for a strong season in 2017/18.

I hope that 2 training sessions a week plus consistent running and gym sessions will result in a much better half marathon time in the Southampton Half. I have always been pretty embarrassed by my previous time and really would love to clock in a reasonable time.

I am also running this event for charity and will post another update about that in the very near future.

Have you done a half before? What was your time? Would you do it again? Let me know in the comments.