Guest Post by Sean Bridge
I’ve been running since 2010, but it was on and off as I had a bigger love for beer and football. I did a few 10Ks here and there and a couple of half marathons (my PB for a half is 1:57), but in 2012 I was persuaded to run the London marathon.
I work for a leading homeless charity in London and we have roughly 25 places each year to the London marathon and there were a few injuries to our runners. So on a cold Friday night after work in early January, I was drunkenly asked if I would “up my running” and run the London marathon. Bear in mind I was 5 or 6 beers down at this point.
My obvious drunken reaction was, “yeah of course I’ll run 26.2 miles.” Then, come Saturday afternoon with the obligatory heavy head, it hit me……… I’ve agreed to run 26.2 miles!!! And there’s no going back.
But the more and more the hangover disappeared, the more I kept thinking “I could actually do this; this is an amazing opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up.” So, long story short, I did the London marathon with my IT band in tatters, in well over 5 hours.
This is when my love of running disappeared completely. After 2012 I bumbled along and ran very little. The same is to be said of 2013 and most of 2014. But a few work colleagues decided to do a couple of Greenwich 10Ks, and for those of you who know Greenwich park, it’s VERY VERY hilly.
Whilst doing the first Greenwich 10K with very little training, I thought to myself “This is either my last run ever or I’m going to focus solely on running and make a proper go of it.” So I finished the hilliest run of my life in 1:00:16 – YES 16 seconds over an hour. Annoying wasn’t the word at the time, but it did prove to be a very good source of ammunition and I will go back one day and break that hour mark.
So after that I decided the only way I’ll get back into running “properly” (in my words) was to challenge myself, and challenge myself I have. I am attempting to run 1,000 miles in 2015….. not for charity but for myself.
I am also training for the North London half marathon and am currently about 60 miles behind target, which isn’t ideal but this only motivates me to run more. I have fallen back in love with running all over again. I have started my blog – Lots of Running 2015 (shameless plug), I’ve joined Virtual Running and came 7th in January, and have already made some on-line friends through RunKeeper and UK Run Chat (#teamred).
In all honesty I am struggling with keeping on target for the 1,000 miles as I find it hard to run after work during the week, but I am determined to complete this challenge and pick up some medals along the way 🙂
Thanks for the opportunity to write this Kirsten and for those that are reading please join Virtual Running UK. It’s an amazing idea!!!!
Huge thank you to Sean Bridge for writing this post for us. Please visit his blog at Lots of Running 2015.