I’ll just make it clear from the start. This is my first ever blog, ever, never mind one about running! When I received the news I had been chosen to be an ambassador for Kilomathon 2019 my first thought was ‘wow, this is amazing’ and was super excited. My immediate after thought was, bloody hell, what on earth am I going to write about and who on earth is going to be interested in what I have to say, But, you know what, I like a bit of a challenge and if I can maybe motivate just one person with my average joe bloggs training updates then I will be happy.
To me, I am just your average runner, 42 years old and live in the Borders. The hills are unreal and you can’t escape them when running. I started running as a cheap way to get fit when my youngest started nursery 11 years ago. No proper gear or fancy trainers, just a few miles at a time.
Soon found that I actually wasn’t too bad at this running business and entered my first race. Not going in easy like most people do but a half marathon! Since then I’ve ran so many half’s I’ve lost count, a few 10ks, local trail races, A Tough Mudder and last year my first Kilomathon. Highlights have been a PB of 1:35 at the Scottish Half in Edinburgh last year and low times……. I can’t really think of any, only that I haven’t got that much wanted marathon yet.
I loved the Kilomathon last year. The route was great; saw some of Edinburgh I didn’t even know existed and running into Murrayfield to finish was just fantastic and a real highlight. The distance was ideal too, long enough to get into a good rhythm and short enough to really enjoy it and not get too tired.
Usually at this time of year I find it hard to motivate myself and get out for long runs due to being busy at work, I’m a nurse so work 12 hr shifts, nights and days as well as the general mad rush before Christmas. For the past 2 years though I have signed up for Run Up to Christmas which is a great way to run as part of a team to keep me motivated and raise money for MIND.
I have the added bonus of Kilomathon training in the winter months and keeping you all updated with how things Are going. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and I hope my next update is just as positive in the New Year!