Nothing worth having is ever easy

It has come to that time where I have started to create an official training plan for the London Marathon, which is a 16 week plan due to start on 01 Jan 2017.

The months are just flying by and it feels like all of a sudden training is here.

I had another week off running last week – just trying to enjoy social time before I am unable to participate without having to rush off for an early night and a morning run – so I am not sure whether it is because I haven’t ran for a week that doubts have started again or whether it is just because it is starting to get closer to proper training and it’s becoming real and scary.

I’m starting to feel nervous about my ability to achieve this challenge. I don’t know how to train ‘properly’, I don’t know the best nutrition and supplements to take to support my training and I’m not sure what to do for strength training?!

Up until now I have been using the Gump method of training which is essentially just to run or as I like to say “Run Forest, Run!” So that’s what I have been doing…just running.

As I have said from previous blogs sometimes it’s even hard to get up in the morning or sometimes the idea of taking 2 – 3 hours out of my weekend to go for a run on my own is just not what I want to do and sometimes the actual running is just plain hard.

However, I know that if I can try and stay positive and motivated I might well just complete this challenge and be proud of what  I have achieved.

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… – Theodore Roosevelt

I have spoken to a few people who have completed marathons and they said there is nothing quite like that feeling of crossing the finish line.

I’m lucky to have my boyfriend, my dad and the rest of my family really supporting me on through.

And can I just say support is so helpful and it doesn’t have to be just through sponsorship it can just be a “keep going Siobhan” or a like on my blog posts. I can’t quite explain the importance of this support. (Also if you know anyone else running their first marathon, half, 10km or even 5km support them too!)

I think Teddy is right in what he says and I know that all this effort and difficulty now will be worth it in the end and it will feel amazing after and I’ll be proud of what I have achieved for Headway and for myself.

By the end of the day on 23 April 2017 I will have raised (hopefully) a lot of money for Headway and will be part of the 1 – 2% of the population to have completed a marathon.

So here’s to positivity, motivation and support.

Bring on 2017!


I’m running the London Marathon to raise money for Headway, the brain injury association. You can sponsor me here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SiobhanSharp

A little help from my friends…

It’s getting colder outside and just generally coming into the winter period with lots of events going on I’m much more tired than I was in the summer.

This means sometimes it’s just a little hard to go for that run in the morning. I obviously have a certain amount of times this side of marathon training where I can just stay in bed but there are also times where I have to push myself and get up.

I’m being a little relaxed with myself as I feel my training is at a good place and usually the training programme doesn’t officially kick in until January 1st but at the same time I don’t want to get into bad habits.

(Although from January I am curbing the social life as well so early nights will help.)

I’ve been trying to think of ways that would help me get up in the morning, great alarm songs or tips and techniques (baring in mind they can’t wake up Stu who is also in bed and works late so needs his sleep.)

So I thought I’d turn to you guys in case you know any good ways to jump up out of bed in and into the wintery morning.

So feel free comment on the blog or on Facebook or Twitter.

Lest We Forget…

Yesterday I took part in the Poppy Half Marathon in Bexhill-On-Sea running in memory of the brave.

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Me at the start line

When Dad and I arrived at the sea-side it was wet, windy, rainy and cold. I picked up my number and we began with a 2 minute silence. I left Dad at the viewers point and headed to the start line.

The course was two and a half laps along the seaside. I decided to take this one at a comfortable pace as I have never ran in such winds before.

By 3 miles in I was soaked and so was everyone else. Not only the rain but also the water from the sea was being blown in our faces which gave this odd salt water taste. Although there was something a little satisfying about it.

The course was mainly flat which was good and it was nice to see the sea, even if it did look like a scary monster ready to swallow you up.

There was a real community vibe to the race and I think there were lots of running clubs taking part. As people were coming back on themselves they would see other members from their running club and say “hey, well done, keep going!”

Before I knew it I’d reached 10miles. It seemed to have flown by. During the last 5km I was overtaking people and was quite surprised that I still had energy left in me.

So at the finish line I sprinted and managed to beat someone that had been in front of me for the whole race which felt pretty awesome. I finished at 2.02.32 and was really impressed with my time.

I received my medal and it was a really good one. It was big and chunky but it also had the date and remembrance on it; like some large poppy.

Past the finish line there was a tent full of sweets, crisps, water, mince pies and coke.  I thought this was pretty amazing. I would encourage more races to do this because it was great!

It was a hard race as the conditions were pretty awful. It was cold the whole way despite running and the wind was really strong at some points. I felt proud of everyone taking part.

There were some true race heroes including two men dressed in army outfits and wearing backpacks that looked extremely heavy and one old man dressed in a WWII soldier outfit running. Bless him he looked so positive the whole way even though you could see it was hard for him.

But it was just a race. What we all did yesterday is nothing compared to what our soldiers have done, are doing and continue to do for us. Our pain was nothing to the families and friends of those we have lost.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. We need to remember them.

Lest we forget.

 

Being the Boss-y one

On 23 October I ran the NiceWorks Richmond Park 10km with Jessica and Lyndel.

Jessica is also training for the London Marathon and so we decided to do a few races together to keep each other motivated. ( Jessica has already swam the English Channel so I mean what’s a tiny little marathon ah?)

My pace is a little faster than Jessica’s so we had agreed before the race that we would run together and I would pace her.

When we arrived it was a beautiful day; sunny and fresh – perfect running weather. It wasn’t a large race but there were lots of people ready to run and we felt excited.

Now what I haven’t mentioned to you yet is that Jessica was my ex-boss and the previous Executive Director of the theatre that I work for. Usually it’s Jessica in control but today I was taking the lead…(eek)

At work Jessica believed in me and was encouraging to keep going and achieving. Now the shoe was on the other foot and I thought I owed Jess the same.

The course was two laps of a 5km and Lyndel had signed up for just the 5km. The countdown began and after 3, 2, 1 we set off together.

The course was great, not too hilly and a mix of road and grass. Jessica was aiming for 1hr 15 for the 10km which would be 12 min miles. However I thought maybe I could push it a bit.

Lyndel (who also works at the theatre) and I were chatting the whole way through – it was a really nice way to catch up. It’s so nice to run with others.

As we hit the 3km I planted the seed in Lyndel’s head to keep going to 10km. It was obvious she has it in her and I so I kept dropping hints. As we approached the half way mark, where Lyndel was supposed to finish, she only went and carried on with us! It was great!

What I enjoyed most about this race was the pacing and (annoying) motivational coaching, keeping positive for the ladies and also pushing them a little more than they would have on their own.

I was pretty sure we would be able to make under the time Jess wanted but as we approached 9km I it was certain we were going to make it.

The last km and I speed up because it was time to make the ladies give that final push.

In the end we came in at 1hr 7mins cutting off 8 mins from Jessica’s planned time and adding 5km to Lyndel’s planned route. They were both over the moon and so was I.

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At the end of the race (Jessica, me & Lyndel)

Overall the race was great, friendly marshals and a real nice community feel about it. The medal was pretty basic but better than expected.

NiceWorks run a series of 10km in Richmond and BushyPark and I would certainly recommend them.

There was something really great about helping someone else achieve a goal and it got me thinking about the possibility of maybe coaching or pacing in the future.

Thanks ladies!

 


You can sign up for the NiceWorks 10km series here.

I’m running the London Marathon to raise money for Headway, the brain injury association. You can sponsor me here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SiobhanSharp