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Starting Over


Dusting down my long neglected blog for Janathon.

I lost my way with running after the London Marathon this year. To be honest I found I didn’t enjoy my runs anymore so didn’t want to get out there. I didn’t turn up for my favourite 10K race, I half heartedly participated in Juneathon trying to find my mojo and walked myself round the Ealing Half Marathon in record slow time because I just didn’t have the motivation for mind over matter to keep running when my legs ached a little. And not feeling like running meant not feeling like blogging or particularly having anything worthwhile to say.

But deep down I missed running.  And missed it not only because of the green eyed envy reading others’ success and joy with running but for something else. Something that’s hard to describe. I was cycling loads and getting my fix of fresh air and of course still going to British Military Fitness ((where a fair bit of running happens) albeit many times hiding in the slower group) but every so often at a good session where I was on form, did lots of running or had a really good hard sprint I got a bit of that old feeling back and thought about running some more.

So in November I quietly decided to start again from the beginning. I thought about the sort of runs that I had enjoyed before and decided to concentrate on those. I would start with shorter distances and ignite my love of a bit of speed, I would dust off my barcode and get back to parkrun, get social, meet a few buddies and chase a few PBs. I would concentrate first on just adding 5K a week to my BMF classes and cycling by going to parkrun every Saturday that month.

That’s where I’m at. I ran 5 parkruns in November (and one in Dec) to reach 25 at 12 venues. My goal is to earn my 50 shirt, get around more venues in 2015 and maybe grab a 5K PB. Slowly I will add an occasional 10K race and get myself back to running club. I might even get out on my own for a Long Slow Run one day. But one day at a time.

So Janathon is the start of my journey to get back my love of running in 2015.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

8 thoughts on “Starting Over

  1. Good time to renew the love of running. Building back up after knee injury so Janathon is my springboard as well.God luck, we are all with you 🙂

  2. see you at a few parkruns 🙂

  3. Sounds really sensible. It is important to stop and go back to what we enjoy every now and again.xx

  4. That’s a good goal – add a little bit at a time. I had the same thing after running the marathon in 2012 – it took me a good 12 months to start enjoying running again, and then I got 3 Pbs in the space of 3 months which I still haven’t beaten so go you!

  5. Yay, welcome back to Janathon and welcome back to running. If you ever want to come and join me at my local parkrun, let me know. (It’ll mean I will actually get there instead of staying in bed, so you’ll be doing me a favour.)

  6. I do hope you refind the love, I think parkrun is a great goal. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring new ones and it makes going back to my home run even more sweet.

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