7th – 13th May 2018
Sometimes in life you feel you can be doing things on your own. I very often think this.
It’s like I’m in my own personal little tug of war. A war against my emotions and I’m losing
my half marathon training has not been very easy for me and when I train on my own it is the hardest thing ever.
It’s so much easier when I have someone with me rather than being on my own.
The people I go with are all so much better runners than me. They go further distances and they can run nonstop. So, I am sure, when they are with me I am holding them back.
One of my friends ran the London marathon this year and this week she invited me to run with her. I said yes but when we turned up I realised that she had actually entered me into a 10k race.
I know I have done a half marathon before but I didn’t class it as a race because it was many different events not just a half marathon – I didn’t feel the pressure of finishing on time because I had marathon and ultra marathon runners coming in behind me.
So in my head what I did last week was my first race. It was no surprise to me that I came last. However my friend stayed with me the whole way. But we did it and I even got a medal!
Two days later I went with another friend and I wanted to do 8 miles. My challenge this month is to up my mileage by a mile every week gradually getting to 10 miles however we ended up doing 9 miles instead.
So that thought of me doing it alone is not true – I have so many people who are supporting me on this journey and without them I would never have got this far.
Doubling my fundraising target also shows me how much support I have.
So those times I feel like I am struggling and I am needing to try a bit harder, I am going to remember that I am not alone and there are people around me helping- helping pull that rope too