3 years a runner

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 3 years since I went for my first run. Nervous, self-conscious, unsure; what got me out the door was a sense of now or never.  I had to at least try running; and in trying discovered I love it.

I love running. I love the sense of achievement it gives me. I love how I feel so strong and capable when I’m running. I love pushing myself in a race; and I really love getting a PB in a race. I love the community I’ve discovered and the friends I’ve made.

Running is such an important part of my life now, I can’t imagine being without it.

If I could go back to this day three years ago, I would give myself the biggest ‘thank you’ possible. I would tell myself that it will be hard but it will be so, so worth it. I would tell myself to never give up. I would tell myself…

Actually. You know what…I did tell myself all these things. I still do.

Da do run run! Gait analysis with Brooks Running

On Thursday I went over to Run Logic for a free gait analysis with Brooks Running. They were offering a new kind of analysis on the day, and I wanted to give it a try and see what came of the results.

I got there, a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect; and I’m also shy so meeting new people was daunting! But I got over that, changed into my running gear and hopped onto the treadmill.

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Are you gonna eat that?

I just posted my third video log, talking about my attitude towards food (particularly as a runner) and inviting you to help keep me accountable.

Are you gonna eat that?

In other news, I am working on my next running post about my recent gait analysis and will post that tomorrow. It was a fascinating experience!

Where do I begin?

My second video log, giving a little bit of my history; where I’m at, how I got here and where I want to go.

Where to I begin?

I would run 500 miles…

Today I ran my 500th mile of the year.😀

I’m really happy with my progress with Project Speedy, and part of that includes some pretty decent mileage every week. It’s possible that I might hit 1000 miles by the end of the year, particularly as I’m training for a 10 mile and half marathon later in the year. It’s not the be all and end all goal but it would feel really awesome if I could do it.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the milestone!

500miles

To Vlog or not to Vlog?

Stepping way way outside my comfort zone and starting a video log to continue on my fitness journey. I’ll keep my running blog about running, but my video log will be about fitness, fatness, weight loss, body image and more! Subscribe to my channel for notifications when I upload a video. Hope to see you there!

To Vlog or not to Vlog

Don’t stop me now! Irish Runner 5 mile race report

Today I ran the Irish Runner 5 mile, first in the Dublin City Marathon Race Series. This was my third time running this race and I enjoyed it as much this year as I have the other two years.

It was, however, my first time running two races so close to each other. 6 days ago I ran a 10k race where I PB’d by 5 minutes. I wasn’t sure how my body would cope with racing again so soon afterwards. I know for a lot of runners it’s no big deal, but for me it was an unknown.

That’s why I’m sure I’ll shock you all when I say I’m happier with this race than I am with a lot of my races! Not only did I PB again, but I was in control the whole time and I ran the race I wanted to run.

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Shoevolution

I just realized that I have more running shoes than I do regular shoes! I recently bought my 4th pair of the same kind of running shoes (I have 2 others that I don’t wear anymore) and when I lined them up together I thought it was interesting to see the various states of wear and tear on them. From the oldest to the newest the differences, especially on the soles, really shows the amount of running I’ve done in them.

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Why it’s Dr Jekyll who drags me down

I think I should explain why Dr. Jekyll is my negative voice and Mr. Hyde the positive one when it seems like it should be the other way around. (See my latest race report for context).

Personally, I’ve always thought Jekyll was the jerk. He was too ashamed of himself to be himself and created Hyde so he could literally get away with murder. In my mind, Jekyll is not a nice guy. Hyde, on the other hand, knew who he was and did what he did and didn’t let anything stop him or hold him back. Ok, in the story he did awful things but I always remember that he only did them because they were what Jekyll secretly wanted to do but didn’t have the guts to do.

So for me, my negative voice is Jekyll and the positive voice is Hyde. I might be the only person this makes sense to but there you have it!

The strange race of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: VHI Women’s Mini Marathon Race Report

I’m still thinking over my 10k race from yesterday, the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. In truth, I actually ran two races yesterday and my race report could go either way. On one hand, I ran a bad race. On the other, it was a good race.

So which race report should I write for you readers? The positive one or the negative one?

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