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Back in September, I joined in with something called Challenge 10. The idea was at the end of 10 months, 10 bloggers would run 10 miles. Numbers dwindled over the months but I wanted to try my best to see it through and now the time is up! Did I manage it?….erm, no…I did manage 10K and I debated going back over all my posts and editing them accordingly so I could claim I’d done it but decided to fess up! I’m not really a “natural runner”, I still struggle, I lost a few toenails (I know, so gross, sorry),  I hate the first 20 minutes of a run, I sweat like mad, I sometimes get so hot that I can hardly see (a constant topic of teasing for my friends) and I’m kind of slow but back in September I couldn’t even run the 300 meters to the end of the road so, progress. Yay. For now, 10K is a huge achievement for me (if you’d seen me at the start, you’d totally agree!) and I’m hoping that I can up my mileage over the summer and smash the challenge target. It’s really taken me by surprise how much I’ve ended up enjoying exercise. I’m the kind of girl who wished I could get fit sitting on your arse and watching telly ( seriously, I would be ALL OVER THAT). I never thought I would be signing myself up to run… for fun! But I did and, don’t tell anyone, but I’ve loved it. I understand now why people want to run marathons, it’s addictive stuff. Even when I have a run that I hate every second of, I always feel good for it after!

A few weeks ago, my friends and I ran a 5K obstacle course (in the rain, no less!) called the Colour Rush. They throw paint on you on the way around, what’s not to love about this? It was like the weirdest hen night that I’ve ever been on but really fun, we laughed a lot. I could not have imagined wanting to do anything like that 10 months ago and now I’m Googling to see what else we can do. Me, a runner. Who’d have thunk it?

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Obviously, we *had* to take photos of the occasion. I didn’t want to risk my beloved camera or my phone so these were taken with a disposable. I’m totally getting some more for the summer hols, I loved happy snapping away and the laughs when I collected the photos! Simon and some of our friends did the same run the next day and the kids joined in at the end. So cute! I hope that in a few years, we’ll be running the whole thing together.

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Back in September, I decided that I was going to start running. I really wanted to get in shape and I think it’s a great example to set for the kids so I signed up to something called Challenge 10 – 10 bloggers running 10 miles within 10 months. Well, only a couple of us remain and I am yet to hit 10 miles but with the nice weather comes a renewed love of running. I’ll be honest, I’m a total fair-weather runner and I easily talk myself out of going when it’s too cold or if it’s raining…just, NOPE! I’m determined to hit the 10 mile target though and I’m *really* hoping to do it by 1st July….

Last weekend, I took part in the Electric Run with my husband and a bunch of our friends. We all got dressed up in our finest neons on Saturday night and ran 5K around Wembley though various light installations. I did feel a little bit like I was on a weird hen night in our comedy outfits and sweatbands. It was a lot of fun, especially the looks on peoples faces seeing my husband and his friend in tutus and leg warmers and I actually loved running with so many people. I stopped a couple of times to take a few snippets of video (note to self, do not film and run!) and so I finished last out of all of us but y’know, got to think of the blog!

 

I’ve been running for a whole month now (obviously not for a *whole* month… that would just be silly…) and so I thought I’d post an update on how it’s going. I’m part of something called Challenge 10 and aiming to run 10 miles at the end of 10 months. Am I cray? YES!

My aim for the end of September was to be able to run for 1 mile. After a week it was going quite well, I could run a mile without stopping to I set my sights a little higher and turned into a bit of a mentalist. I wanted to be able to do 5K and decided that signing up for a 5K parkrun on day 12 was THE BEST IDEA EVER. It wasn’t. I got there and I felt terrified and watched other people stretching and did a few lame stretches myself. We set off and I tried to keep up with the people around me but they were faster than I was and I was out of my depth and hated the whole thing. I honestly believe that the mental side of running matters just as much and I’d gone into this run not feeling great about it. I was hating every second, my calves were on fire, a small child overtook me and when I ran past the car park at the end of the 1st lap and saw my car, I decided to bail! I was angry with myself and disappointed that my Couch to 5K in 12 days hadn’t happened but was determined to do it before the month was out! I run with my good friend Lizzie aka Hot Nanny and we ran a few circuits that we were *sure* were 5K, only to get back and see they were 4 something. Annoying! I was a girl on a mission, I ran everyday, I HAD TO run 5K… I don’t know what came over me but I felt like I had to prove something. It wasn’t until I ran with my friend Caroline (who FYI is FIT and has arms like Madonna) that I realised I had to chill out. That run was a disaster for me, it was SO hot that day and I wanted to show her how great I was at running now (it had been about 3 weeks!) and I was a mess! I was so hot that I couldn’t see and wanted to throw up numerous times. This was  harder than I thought. I took a few days off, tried a new pair of trainers (because it was absolutely the trainers fault, not that I was unfit…) and started running every other day. A few runs later…we did 5K. And yeah, it felt pretty good I have to say! Hot Nanny and I high fived each other in the middle of a pitch black field.

One thing I have been really bad at is warming up and cooling down. I did a few half arsed stretches but I found a fab warm up and cool down on YouTube from Malia Hilliard. I ran yesterday (5.29K, thanks for asking) and did the warm up, finished with a brisk walk for a few minutes and then did the cool down. HUGE difference today! My legs have been killing me and this is honestly the best I’ve felt the next day since I started. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Now, I’ll fess up. I *totally* thought I was going to get super skinny by running and that I’d be able to eat chocolate and the weight would fall off (made the same mistake with breastfeeding. I never learn). Turns out that’s not the case. I haven’t lost any weight yet but I have lost 1/2 inch from my thighs and waist and 1 inch from my chest. I’m going to stop rewarding myself for exercising with chocolate buttons and see how I go then!

My aim for October is to not increase my distance but work on getting quicker and work on my technique and gait. I’ve no idea what that really means but I thought it sounded good.

 

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