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.
Items tagged running
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
Running in the rain isn't that bad. Once you've started, you get used to it pretty quickly. You're probably going to have a shower when you get home anyway, and the shower feels so much nicer if you're coming in from the cold. The only trouble is that before you start, you need to persuade yourself that this is true. Looking out of the window, the rain seems like an insurmountable obstacle - you couldn't possibly go out there in that weather. In reality, though, it's just another excuse to not run.
In the last year or so, I've started getting into running, and while I definitely wouldn't call myself a proper runner, I'm improving.
I must confess to being mildly obsessed with my Strava statistics. I love knowing how steep the hills are that I've ridden up, and how many hundreds of people are faster or slower than me. One of the features I like is the ability to set yourself weekly goals for cycling and running. Part of me loves this. I'm motivated by small but achievable goals. I like ticking boxes and crossing items off my to-do list.