30 Day 10km Challenge – Done

Somehow I managed to do a 10km run with just 3 practice runs under my belt (3.33 Miles – Longest).

Total training mileage = 7.99 Miles

Total race mileage = 6.34 Miles

So I almost did the same number of miles in the race as I did TOTAL for training! I really wish I was better at organising myself, motivating myself and just generally sticking with running as I felt really good after the race and felt that after each run I could feel myself adjusting to the running way of life. Would love to continue that running on a far more consistent basis.

Maybe that is why I am considering getting involved with Running Down Dementia – https://runningdowndementia.org/  – My Grandpa had Dementia, and although I am fairly terrible at fundraising, I completely forgot about it for the Southampton 10km, you can donate here if you wish (not sure how long the page stays live after the event), it may be a way that I can raise both awareness and some much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK (I will keep you posted if I sign up – maybe).

Anyway, this is just a short post to say, yes, I did it, 10km in 30 days complete. Time breakdown below.

If you’re signed up to, or considering that 100km before end of August for Dementia let me know in the comments.

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.

Motivation

Over that last few days I have been looking at planning a big event next year, a challenge for myself to raise some money for a charity.

The plan is to do 7 events ranging from relatively small (10k or 10miles) up to big (200miles on a mountain bike over 3 days) across 2017.

My motivation was simple, get fit and active while raising a good figure for my chosen charity.

However I got an extra boost of motivation when I told my mum my plan, normally parents are supportive and believe their kids can do anything and although she was supportive, she felt there was no chance I could complete these 7 events, specifically the 3 day bike ride.

Personally for me this makes me want to do it 100x more just to prove that I can do it.

I will post again in a few days once I have the plan more finalised and some details ironed out, but hopefully it will be pretty big.

My Attempt at Running 10k

So yesterday I completed the Southampton 10k! (Whoops just realised I scheduled publication on 25th MAY instead of April!).

All on very minimal training, as you can see I stopped posting quite a while back, which was close to when I started a new project working 1/2 days a week in Crawley, going from Southampton this was giving me a 12/13 hour work day including commute and my training schedule dropped off a cliff.

About 4 weeks ago I then remembered I needed to complete the 10k on the 24th April & I kicked in some training… the below image is the extent of my training + 10k run….

Running Log

The most I did during training was a 4 mile run about 4 days before the event so the step up to a full 10k was a bit more than expected.

Luckily my running partner Darryn was with me on the day and we kept a good pace throughout and both managed to finish just under the 1 hour mark!

My official time was 59mins and 38seconds.

10k Certificate

Good news is that I am now in somewhat of a routine and I have planned to continue my running with the hope of completing another 10k in the coming months, with potential to move onto a 10 mile run in the future (Nov maybe).

I am also signed up to do the Southampton Gung-Ho 5k fun-run on Saturday 7th May which should be a good laugh.

Lets see what happens.

Have you done any runs recently? London, Southampton, I would love to hear about it in the comments! 🙂

Things To Do

2016 for me is the year to do things!

So far I am signed up to the following;

Hedge End GoTri – Event Page – Full

Southampton Gung-Ho – Event Page

Southampton 10k – Event Page

I am also seriously considering some of the following;

Wildman – Event Page

Bournemouth Bay Run – Event Page

South Downs Way Off-Road Cycle – Event Page

If any of you sign up… let me know in the comments section!