12 runs in 12 months
You know when you try a run and enjoy it so much you get “the bug” and then think up the stupid idea to do one run a month for 12 months? Just me then?
So in August 2017 I ran my first “official” 10km run with a PT client of mine. I hadn’t bothered doing an organised run before because when you’re a personal trainer, NO ONE WANTS TO DO FITNESS FOR FUN WITH YOU. My friends won’t even WALK with me, maybe for fear that I’ll have them lunging the whole way? Maybe they feel judged by me or think I’m some super-fit person who walks at 30mph? I honestly DON’T!
Anyway, I was delighted that someone DID want to run with me, and how did I relax the evening of my first 10km run? I googled more runs and decided FROM THAT DAY I would do a run a month for a year. ‘Cause why not? They need to be local ones though, because I said so. That’s how 12 runs, 12 months came to be.
Sunday 20th 2017 Clacton Carnival 10km run organised by Nice Work. What a great run! Right along Clacton and Holland-on-Sea seafront. It was very warm (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE by the way) and the sun was beaming. There was a cool breeze in one direction and I did this run with one of my PT clients.
We were timed by chip and managed it in 1hr 17.11sec. We were both really pleased with the time (and the fact that we didn’t collapse like a few of the participants we saw across the finish line! Must have been the heat). So…that has now set the bar and given us our “PB” which I’m looking to improve on. My knee has been a bit dodgy of late but it held up phenomenally. However, my right foot was in agony two days after and affected my classes that I teach. Not sure what that was all about! A mix of upping the avocado and using my pulseroll soon sorted it out though.
Dedham 10k BOOKED[update 17/09/2017] Louise my PT client and I did this run today and my goodness when it said “undulating” in the description it wasn’t blinking joking!! We really did tackle some wonderful hills among the beautiful countryside scenery. The weather was perfect. Cool, dry and bright. My knee felt fine and still feels alright which is good. I just hope my foot doesn’t cause any issues like it did the last run we did!
The smell of the BBQ beforehand was incredible, but we resisted! It was lovely jogging past the fun run and seeing quite a few children taking part in the runs too. Considering it was quite hilly we managed to beat our time very slightly, 1 hour 16mins 16 secs!!!!!! So I can’t wait for our virtual run along the flat terrain of the seafront again to see what time we get next month!
I must remember now to get some of those removable sleeves as well, I was quite chilly starting off. I also saw a few runners with really long socks on that they were able to roll down by the end. Why have I not thought of this before?!
I had a couple to choose from but I think I’m going to go with a local one in Wix near where I live. Although it’s an 8km and I really would like to complete 10kms and above if I can, it’s only a 20min drive from home. My other options were The Martlesham 10km which is a 50min drive away AND I’m out for dinner the night before with a group of friends. I did find the Cambridge town and gown 10km in aid of muscular dystrophy UK, but it’s on the same date as a friend’s baby shower and it’s not particularly local! Looks amazing though![UPDATE 1/09/2017] Game changer! I was browsing The virtual runner UK website and found an awesome 10km run in October which earns you a coffin shaped medal that opens up to reveal a glow in the dark skeleton. If that isn’t reason enough to complete this run I don’t know WHAT IS!! I booked it before I even updated this post! The charity it supports is Tree of Hope. The good thing about the vitual runs is you can do them at your leisure WHICH MEANS at a time and in weather that suits! Their medals are always funky and original as well. I’m so excited!! I’ve booked poor Louise on to do it with me as well. [UPDATE 14/09/2017] I have just persuaded a few of my PT clients and a couple of friends to all take part in the virtual 5km which then wins you a very pretty masquerade medal! Oh I DO love a bit of bling! The charity this virtual run is supporting is the PSPA (Progressive supranuclear palsy association) and there are 6 of us who have paid to take part to get this medal and donate and two coming along for the run and are raising money elsewhere.
Birthday month! The big 3-0 no less. I hope I can squeeze in a cheeky run among all my celebrations! There’s a Benidorm 10k which appeals a hell of a lot to me but who am I kidding? There is the Chelmsford 10k although it’s the morning after I have a little post birthday soiree at my flat…not a good idea.[UPDATE 19/09/2017] I’ve just booked onto another virtual run. It’s called the 401 festival of running 10km and it’s in aid of the 401 foundation. I love that I’m finding out about smaller, less popular charities by doing these virtual runs.
No runs found YET, may have to go virtual
I plan to do the Hadleigh 10k organised by Nice Work.
London winter run BOOKED
I might do the St Helena Hospice comic hero run in Colchester Castle Park.
The Little Bromley 10k is the only one I’ve found so far for April 2018!
I plan to do the Colchester 10km
Nothing found YET
Nothing found YET
Websites I used to find the above running events: