After enjoying a more gentle set of training sessions over Christmas, I really wanted to get back into my running and get back to a serious training programme. I keep hearing people say, ‘they don’t call it the Grizzly for nothing’ and this side of the New Year, I’m realising that it won’t be a walk in the park and I have lots of work to do, to get physically and mentally ready!
My first ‘big’ run of the year was tough going: 12 miles and ended with running up a long steep hill (Salcombe Hill in Sidmouth). This hill was a major struggle and I was worried that I might pass out before reaching the top. I run with my boyfriend (who I also see as my personal trainer!). Half way up we passed some runners going down. A classic comment when you pass runners on a hill is “it’s much easier on the way down”... I put my head down and scowled to myself as they were heading down and I up, wishing I could run with them.
My training programme is a variety of swimming, cycling and running. I train five or six times a week with the most demanding day of the week being Saturday where we do our ‘Big Run’. For the first Saturday of the year we ran 14 miles and it was tough, going on our route around Sidmouth and Sidbury. Up and down the mighty hills and through some boggy areas, it took approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Towards the end my knees were burning and I was starting to feel poorly, but I managed to complete it. I think I’m doing well as it’s the middle of January, my run is in March and I’m up to 14 miles. I will not be looking forward to this Saturday where I have to attempt 15 miles.
I’m raising money to help prevent cruelty to donkeys, so far I’ve raised £441 with the aim to raise £500. Thank you to everyone who’s been so supportive to me.