Now and again (okay, all the time) I get an idea in my head and BOOM, I have to act on it there and then.
That might have happened today.
As you might know, I’m currently gearing myself up for the Cardiff Half. I’ve got a fair bit of time to prepare myself, but if i’m perfectly honest I have never been that good a runner. Don’t get me wrong, I love keeping fit. I’ve got to the point where I actually enjoy going to the gym. But long distance running is a whole different kettle of fish; my endurance is pretty low.
Before the Cardiff Half I’ve also got the Cancer Research UK Race for Life – an event I’ve been desperate to do for a very long time but have always somehow let it slip off my radar. As a beginners race, I signed up to the 5K and have been since raising a nice bit of money for it (in memory of my Nan – the most incredible, bonkers, beautiful human being I will probably ever have the pleasure of having in my life). It’s in May so fairly soon; I’d like to say a really nice place to start.
Well, that is until I rung up CR UK a few hours ago to “upgrade” me to the 10K.
WHY?! WHY DID I DO THAT?!?! I have five weeks to get myself up to scratch… five! And seeing as most of my training has so far taken place in the gym just to build my strength (not stamina) the alarm bells are starting to ring.
Well, they were until I got home from my run tonight. I’ve only done two outdoor runs so far, but already today I ran 1.85 miles further than my previous run at a much quicker pace with quite a few sprints scattered throughout. It might not seem like much, but the improvement just between two runs has made me feel amazing. If I can keep that up, I’d like to think the 10K is within reach.
I never thought I’d be the type of person that got such a buzz from working out. The fact I can already see the definition forming in my abs and am now able to do press ups (and not even lady ones – pathetic to be proud of, I know, but if you saw my spaghetti arms you’d be buzzing for me) is making me realise how worthwhile it is. I feel so much more alert as well; a huge bonus for me as before I would be a lethargic mess by the time lunchtime hit.
To many of you, this won’t seem like that big a deal. But to me, it’s something I’ve never attempted before… something that I never thought I would be able to do. And that’s pretty exciting.
You can donate to my 10K Race for Life at http://www.justgiving.com/amberbell