Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2017 are we ready ??!!
I signed up for my first ever running event in January 2015 – the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K. I was very intimidated by the distance. Often the thought of something can be a little overwhelming, yet when you break it down and slowly chip away at your goals each week – amazing things can happen. Slow and steady wins the race for me.
Not only did I lose a lot of the weight I gained from having two babies close to 10 pounds, I started to understand the real value of exercise. Training for my first 10K medal forced me to get off the sofa. I planned for it to be short term and then I would go back to my old habits of taking an exercise detox. But something had changed.
Running and fitness became an essential part of my lifestyle. I got that 10K medal and the following year was asked back as the official 10K starter at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, the day before I attempted my first marathon.
Fast forward the clock, it’s 2017 and I have no intention of missing out on the event this year. This time I will take on the Edinburgh half marathon and with just a couple of weeks to go, I am really looking forward to it.
What started with a gentle jog in 2015 became a habit I did to make me feel good, to give me energy, to help me sleep better, to relax. Seeing the progress in my fitness and stamina after each small run was such a great feeling. The gentle jogging became faster.
Over the weekend I went for a 12 mile training run. I had a bit of a sore throat and was tired from hosting a party the day before. A nice new playlist sorted me out. About 8 miles into the run it hit me, I am strong. I am fit. I have stamina. That’s what training for a running event does to you. The feeling of pride and accomplishment is priceless. I can run continuously for a good couple of hours and still feel great. Every single run I have done since January 2015, be it for 10 minutes or 4 hours has allowed me to get to that place. Each run we do helps us to push pain away and get a little stronger.
As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness week I contemplate how running and keeping active in general helps me when I feel low. It gives me head space to come up with some of my best writing and public speaking ideas. It helps to put things into perspective. Sometimes all it takes is a quick 30 minute run to give us a boost.
I’ve had a bit of a virus this week which you may hear from my voice in the vlog. If you missed it across social media, check out this clip below. It has some fantastic advice from my PT at David Lloyd, Graeme Starkey. Graeme trained Mollie Hughes, who is currently the youngest person to tackle Mount Everest from both sides (about to go for North side after climbing the South side a few years ago). How inspiring !
I am trying to not stress out about the fact I am missing some training this week. It’s taper time so my priority is feeling fit for the big day in a couple of weeks. On the day we collect a medal but we already deserve it. The day is a celebration. That is the fun part, we have a route set out. We have water stations, teams of people helping. We get to embrace the electric atmosphere. We get to run with thousands of others who have forced themselves off the sofa to work hard. People that have a vision and go out and smash the goals. That’s what we should be proud of. Be proud of every single run you have done up to this point. Be proud of effort. No matter how fast or slow you run – it is your journey. Enjoy the day and be proud of yourself. You are a goal digger.
If you would like to try the facilities at David Lloyd and are Edinburgh based – quote Mummy Jojo for a free guest pass. Enjoy.
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