My first race…..
…. was a 5km fun run organised by my childrens’ schools to raise funds for the PTFA. That was the start of my obsession with running! I quickly realised that I am very ‘goal’ orientated when it comes to my running and I need to know the date of my next race to inspire me to get out and run even when it’s pouring down, icy, windy, cold and miserable! The day after my first 5km I was searching for a 10k to take me to the ‘next’ level.
I duly booked myself into the Bournemouth Bay 10k – 6 wks after my first 5k. I followed a plan from www.sportsister.com (recommended by Katie – thank you Katie!). I started at week 3 of the 8 week plan, giving me just enough time to fit it in!
I don’t think I missed more than 2 of my planned training sessions from the week before Christmas 2009 to that first 10k on March 28th this year. When you consider what an appalling winter we had I think that is pretty good going. I’m pretty adept at running through the ice and snow in the pitch black with only the aid of a head torch!
I was incredibly nervous before that first 10k as it felt like my first ‘real’ race. I despatched the kids to their grandparents the night before so I could concentrate on me! (that seems so funny now….). Mike and I were up early and headed off to Bournemouth.
I couldn’t believe my eyes…..
…when I got there. It was a whole new world, hundreds and hundreds of runners all milling about looking cool as cucumber whilst I hardly knew what to do with myself and spent most of the next hour in the toilet or in the queue for the toilet (some things never change……). I’m always worried about holding people up so I made sure that I was right at the back for the start. That proved to be a huge mistake as most of the people in front of me had absolutely no interest in running the race, right from the start walked/jogged/meandered all over the shop and I couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm. Most frustrating. I’m now a much better judge of the type of event so know that there are some where I shouldn’t start right at the back (mind you, those are VERY few and far between!!).
I finished that 10k in 64 minutes. I ran the whole thing and crossed the line in floods of tears. I couldn’t quite believe what I’d managed to do. Less than 4 months before I couldn’t run for 30 seconds without thinking that I was about to collapse and there I was a 10k race finisher AND not last!!! I have to admit, however,that it was quite disconcerting for the last mile or so when all the early finishers were strolling in the opposite direction carrying their goodie bags!
At that race I saw a lot of Purbeck Runners…
…. I had already heard of them AND had even got as far as emailing to enquire about the club but had bottled out from actually going! Surely a running club is only for ‘real’ runners????? However, seeing so many of them there in their very distinctive vests made me pluck up the courage to email Zodwa and Ross again and a cold Sunday morning in April found me down at Swanage seafront for my first ever club run. As I’ve already said before, I can’t recommend the club highly enough. There are ALL abilities of runners and each and every one is supported and encouraged in the same way. I’d never be where I am with my running without them. Not only is the running advice great but they are also the most friendly and social club out there. It’s the only club I know where the members stay on the finish line to cheer each and every member back in so no matter how far down the field you are, you know you are about to get a hero’s welcome!
The rest of the year’s races have been influenced by what is included in the club calendar, next year will be the same I’m sure!
Races planned for 2015
|Name of Race||Date||Distance||Time||Comments|
|Dirty Devil Stampede||17/01/2015||15km||On the tank training grounds!|
|Sea Rowing Race||25/01/2015||10km||In support of Swanage Sea Rowing Club|
|Lytchett 10||15/02/2015||10m||Great local race|
|Heartbreak Half||22/02/2015||13.1 (or 14!)m||Think this one might be over distance!|
|Larmer Tree 20||15/03/2015||20||Hilly trail race|
|Weymouth Bay 10||22/03/2015||10km||New one to me|
|London Marathon||26/04/2015||26.2m||The 'A' race for 2015|
|Upton Summer Series||Various May||4m|
|Egdon Easy||May ?||10k|
|Maiden Castle Loop||July||6-7m|
|Haytor Hellor||18/07/2015||10km||Gorgeous race on Dartmoor|
|Carnival Fun Run||30/07/2015||4m|
|Lifeboat Loop||16/08/2015 tbc||5km||Tough one!|
|The Beast||Early Sept||12m ish!||My favourite race|
|Studland Stampede||October||12km ish||Another toughie|
Races in 2010 – Done ….
Name of Race Date Distance Time Comments
Corfe Castle School's Fun Run 15/02/10 5 km 36:00 My first ever race!
Bournemouth Bay 10k 28/03/10 10 km 64:11 Very emotional
Upton Summer Series 1/5 30/04/10 3.5 miles 33:30 Hate this race!
Purbeck 10k 12/05/10 10 km 56:00 Had a great coach
Upton Summer Series 2/5 21/05/10 3.5 miles 32:18 Still hated it
Poole Festival 10k 06/06/10 10 km 58:44 Blisteringly hot
Swanage Half 17/07/10 13.2 miles 2:20:17 Very very hilly - loved it!
Carnival Fun Run 05/08/10 4 miles 36:55 Weird one....
Upton Summer Series 5/5 20/08/10 3.5 miles 31:54 STILL hated it!!!
The Beast (off road) 05/09/10 12.3 miles 2:47:08 Off road, very hilly
Studland Stampede 03/10/10 12 km 83:38 Wet and very windy!
Gold Hill 10/10/10 9.5 km 61:42 Hovis ad anyone?
Wimborne 10 21/11/10 10 miles 95:02 Was hoping for 110 mins so very happy!
I’m actually amazed with how many races that is…..not bad for my first year of running!
Races in 2011 ….Done …..
Name of Race Date Distance Time Comments
Sea Rowing Club Fun Run Jan TBC 4 miles 37:06 Hated this race but wasn't a bad time for me!
Lytchett 10 20/02/11 10 miles DNS Injured, could not compete
Bournemouth Bay 10k 03/04/11 10 km 60:27 Knee still bad, happy to finish!
London Marathon 17/04/11 26.2 miles 5:28:29 LOVED this. Knee still bad but didn't stop me.
Purbeck 10k 18/05/11 10 km DNS Didn't compete as my knee was sore
Poole Festival 10k 20/06/11 10 km 56:47 2 mins faster than last year
Swanage Half 16/07/11 13.1 miles 2:11:19 10 mins faster than last year
Carnival Fun Run 04/08/11 4 miles 40:40 knee bad AGAIN
Upton Summer Series Various 3.2 miles 31:41 managed to improve by a staggering 13 secs!
The Beast 04/09/11 12-13 miles 2:50 LOVE this race
Studland Stampede 09/10/11 9.5 km Hope weather is better than last year!
Gold Hill 16/10/11 12 km Yes, THE Gold Hill
Wimborne 10 20/11/11 10 miles Great race