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!