This is a new monthly blog series I’ll be writing to keep you all up to date with my personal journey towards the 2017 Disneyland Paris half marathon weekend! Some one you will remember I ran the Inaugural weekend in September 2016 and had the absolute best time, so signing up for 2017 has been a no brainer really.
After I ran last year a lot of people started asking about my running and training and wishing they could do it to, so this is my way of sharing what I’m doing and taking you all on the journey with me, I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I’m trying to, and if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a comment or a tweet!
So where am I at right now? After run Disney, I kept running, it’s actually become a part of me and something I really enjoy so keeping it going hasn’t been too much of a chore, however shorter runs were more favorable over the winter months, and the festive season definitely stopped play for a while.
In January training started to ramp up again ready for February, my first half marathon of 2017 and my first since Disney. On Sunday the 12th of February I ran the Barcelona half marathon, and boy was it tough! the course took you round some incredible sights in Barcelona and the support along the route was incredible, I really struggled after the first 10Km but i stuck with it and got my medal, although perhaps not a race I’ll run again it was a good experience and I’m glad I can say I’ve done it. My finish time was 2 hours 37 mins 48 seconds, which is quite a bit quicker than my Run Disney time which is a good feeling.
Moving on from my half marathon February for me has really been about getting back to good habits, this means making more time for the gym and also getting back to park run! Park run is a huge part of why I enjoy running so much, it’s more than just a run, it’s a community and a sense of achievement every week, it’s a goal to constantly push myself towards, and on top of all that? It’s free!
My “home” Parkrun is Kingsway – Gloucester, it’s not the closest to home but I love the course and right from my first run I was made to feel really welcome, so now I try to get back as many Saturdays as possible to start my weekend with a 5km run. it’s great to try and beat my own time and each weeks results are E-mailed to you directly the same morning as the event, so it’s really easy to keep track of your progress.
What was even more special about Parkrun this month, is that I was able to introduce my friend to it, I recently reconnected with my friend Jess through twitter (@jessicamason_x) and when she told me about her fitness journey she’s recently started, I couldn’t wait to share the Parkrun experience, Jess has now ran 2 Parkruns with me, and I think it’s safe to say shes converted, if you’d like to know more about her experience as a first timer, you can find her blog post on it here.
If you’re not already part of the Parkrun family, it’s free to run every week so why not see if there’s an event near you and sign up here!
So that’s a quick over view of where things are at the moment, I’ll try to come back and update you every month with what I’ve been doing and share any tips I have to help make your training a little easier. Are you running at DLP this year too? Or maybe you’re looking to get into running or improving your fitness? Drop me a comment I’d love to chat!