The Non-Runners Running Blog

By Charlotte Hornsby

It’s not too late…

Let’s be clear. I hate running. I love to exercise, especially cycling, and I get so much from being outside and being active, but I hate running. If it were not for my love of 90’s dance classics and how I use those songs as milestones when counting down the miles to home, I wouldn’t get past putting on my trainers.

I turned 40 this year, and so many of my friends are keen and very accomplished runners. I have run a few 10k’s before and always ended them thinking, why did I do that?” and yet here I am signed up for my first ever half marathon.

I just thought this year, after being penned in for so many months during lockdowns, stuck between home-schooling and working full time from my kitchen table, this would be an excellent way to get me motivated post-Covid. It gives me something to work towards. I think that if I didn’t do it this year, I probably never would.

It won’t be quick, and it will be far from pretty, but I am going to give it a go! I am only in competition with myself, and being my first half marathon. Whatever happens, it will be a Personal Best.

Barriers to training:

My biggest barrier to training is time. Having a busy home and work life, I find it difficult to find the time to run on a regular basis. Once or twice a week is my limit. But throw in a poorly child or a turn in the weather, and it will soon fall off my to-do list. And if honest, I don’t want a strict training programme or eating programme as that will just set me up for failure and disappointment.

I find planning three or four potential running slots on the calendar each week helps. I fully appreciate I won’t do all of them, but at least I can see where my golden opportunities are and when they are becoming limited as I work my way through the week. But I also don’t beat myself up if I have not been out at all. I hope that I have planned where I need to be in terms of miles with some flexibility to fall behind a few times, and it does not make too much difference.

Finding motivation in your Why:

I am raising money for Lincoln City Foundation’s Fighting Fit programme as this is very close to my heart after being involved in its initial concept of it. I have been privileged to see and hear the positive stories from the people this programme helps, and I trust the team behind it to spend every penny I raise wisely, with the participant at the focus.

It will be those stories that I will carry with me as I am cursing the Three Hills Challenge on the Lincoln route, and that will hopefully be enough to get me to the top. So far, I am up to 8 miles, but that does include a short walk to recover at around 4 miles.

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