Having discovered that actually, running is my passion and I love it, I was keen to ensure I kept up with it in 2014. I was determined: I would not stop for the sake of someone else; I would do my own thing; I would do what I wanted.
Throughout January, I kept up my running to work. I also started going to a local Boot Camp few times a week, and signed up for some races so that I have a goal to focus on each month. My confidence grew and I found that I was eating more healthily without even really having to try at it.
I’ve signed up for the Brighton Marathon again; this time I’m feeling more optimistic. I’ll be more prepared and more knowledgeable, but most importantly, I won’t give up running after the race! I’m really keen to just keep going with this and see how far I can take it.
This month I signed up for lots of races. I met someone who has completely inspired me to take my running further, The passion he talked from running, the love of the races he has done had completely inspired me, enough to even enter a couple of European marathons - Lithuania and Italy. The person accountable to give me this inspiration had previously done the MDS stage race in the Sahara desert. I've registered my name down for 2016, something only a real running nut would do. I am determined to do this race!
In a few days I’ll be running the Longleat 10k, which will be my first race on my own in a while, so I’m a bit apprehensive - but also excited to see what I can do under my own steam!
With the inspiration from the same person, I've signed up for the Salisbury “54321” race in August. This is a trail ultra marathon; a 50k race involving 5 rivers, 4 hills, 3 large country estates, 2 castles and a cathedral. It’s going to be a big challenge, but the atmosphere is meant to be really good on that race, and the views spectacular. It’s had rave reviews on all the running sites, so I'm definitely looking forward to it!
Past week I have been searching sites for other ultras this is technically any distance longer than the standard 26.2 miles of a normal marathon. It’s something only proper bonkers runners go in for - and I can’t wait!!
Sometimes I look back over the last two years and wonder what happened to the sad, overweight, fed up girl who struggled to run for the bus! Not only is my body changing through running, so has my mind. I feel stronger mentally and physically, and can’t wait to see all the things this year has in store for me.