I started this year without much in the way of goals or resolutions. Just as well really, given what 2020 has brought for us all. I certainly didn’t have any plans for big running or cycling events - between looking after my daughter, working, and navigating a divorce, I had more than enough on my plate, without adding a gruelling training regime.
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It took me 2 years to get from my first Parkrun to my 50th, and just over 2 years to get from 50 to 100. That might suggest a steady plod, running more or less every other week on average, but it’s been anything but that. I haven't been blogging much in that time either - and it’s taken me more than half a year to get round to writing this.
Exploring new running routes in Lewes - a first trip North along the Ouse, with a few wrong turns and some nettles.
A few weeks ago, I ran my first marathon. Having had a bit of time to mentally process the experience, I want to attempt to capture my thoughts and feelings of the day.
Looking forward to looking back on having run a marathon
For such a simple sport, people can really make running complicated. Fancy shoes, performance fabrics, nutrition supplements, and GPS watches all give us opportunities to spend money, while there’s a whole industry devoted to thinking up ever more inventive training regimes. In training for my first marathon, I've had some useful advice from more experienced runners. Ollie suggested protein recovery drinks, which seems to be really helping so far.
I recently reached a goal that, for a long time, I never knew existed, and never imagined I'd care about. I’ve made it to 50 Parkruns. I’ve been there, and done that, although I haven't got the T-shirt yet.
Why do we put ourselves through the pain of riding bikes up hills, just to ride down them again? Is cycling a different form of masochism from running?
Tips for becoming a better runner, from someone who isn’t a very good runner
What to do when your phone thinks you’ve run faster than any human in history