So much for flaming June! Will the weather improve now that it’s July? I really do hope so. Although I do love running in the rain, drying the one pair of trainers I own that don’t cause niggles does get tedious. Anyway, enough complaining. Since the start of the year I’ve been producing monthly summaries of my training. I’ve also shared some of my personal experiences as a small and not very influential (Anonymous PR, 2016) running blogger.
What worked well? What – if there were any – were my running related achievements? What would I do differently given the opportunity? I then look ahead to the new month.
A fun run, a DNS and a DNF
At the start of June I got to pretend I was an elite runner in the Great Midlands Fun Run. I had a great race and improved my 2015 time by almost 30 minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the start line of the Aldridge 10k. My friend got drunk the night before the race and forgot that he’d promised to drive me to the race. By the time I managed to contact my friend it was too late to make alternative travel arrangements. I was slightly irritated by my ‘Did not start’ (DNS) because for once the weather and the course were both perfect.
On Saturday evening it was my turn to have far too much to drink. Although I made it to the start of the Race for Life in 10k on Sunday morning, I didn’t make it to the finish and recorded my first ever ‘Did not finish’ (DNF). I only managed to run for 10 minutes before I had to stop. It wasn’t pretty and made me question my commitment to running. I quickly reminded myself that I’m not a professional runner and that the occasional drinking session isn’t going to slow my running down.
According to my Strava statistics #StravaWanker, I completed 12 runs in June covering an approximate distance of 57 kilometres. Hopefully by consistently running 3-4 times a week I’ve built a good base for the start of my autumn half marathon training.
If I ignore the money I wasted on my DNS and DNF, June was a cheap month. As I’m still aiming for a sub-60 minute 10k I entered the Lichfield 10k (£17) which takes place in September. I travel by train to get to Lichfield so I don’t have to rely on unreliable people.
After a rubbish May, June was far more positive. I’ve finally learnt to ration my time on social media. I’ve also stopped comparing myself to the majority of the London-based blogging community. Although I spend 50 per cent of my time in London, I must be the only running blogger not taking part in the upcoming Vitality British 10k London Run. It would have been a great sub-60 minute 10k opportunity.
When I started blogging I made a promise to myself to ‘keep it real’. Like 99 per cent of runners I don’t look very photogenic when I’m running. If by sharing my sweaty, beetroot-faced running photos I’ve ‘ruined my online image’ (Anonymous PR, 2016) and attracted the occasional online troll then so be it.A rather unflattering pre-Great Midlands Fun Run train selfie.
Looking forward to July
I’m really looking forward to making progress with my half marathon training during July. I’ve decided to write weekly training updates, the first enthralling instalment in the 16-week series will be published on Monday. Although I now don’t have any races until September, I’d love to make it to my local parkrun…
The first four weeks of my half marathon training plan don’t look too challenging so I want to continue to combine running 3-4 times a week with cross training. I’m determined to turn my occasional half-hearted attempts at yoga into a regular yoga habit. Finally, I want to continue to improve my diet and eating habits. During June i gradually reduced my Diet Coke intake, this month I want to purchase my last ever can.
Here’s to a more summery July!
Do you think that I should continue to share my unflattering running photos?
Have you ever been on the receiving end of negative comments about how you look? If so how did you deal with the comments?