Elliot’s Running Blog – March 2016

Elliot’s Running Blog – March 2016

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Elliot Walker is our Volunteer Coordinator and is running the Yorkshire Half Marathon on 10th April 2016 to raise funds for Sheffield Futures. He’s invited us to follow his journey as he trains for the big day. You can read the first instalment here!

I’m not a natural long-distance runner. At the start of 2016, the furthest I had ever dragged my legs anywhere was during the Sheffield 10K a few months earlier. This had taken me an hour and was something of an achievement. One whole hour of running was a milestone. I had just run the equivalent of three entire episodes of The Simpsons! This personal triumph led me to believe that if you’ve done 10k, you can do 21k and I swiftly (and somewhat naively) signed up to the Yorkshire Half Marathon. What I didn’t stop to think about was that 21k is actually 13.1miles. That’s the distance of a Half Marathon and it’s a lot further than 10k!

Once you’ve signed up, though, you’re committed, especially if you’ve also decided to fundraise. So, at the start of 2016, I decided to move on from my one-hour-of-running victory and make that my starting point.

I managed 5k in 45 minutes the first time I laced up my trainers. It wasn’t my finest 45 minutes and I’m sure all the drivers passing by could tell I was new to this; face glowing, legs shuffling and my body panting. That’s okay though, I thought. This is just the beginning. The next time I went out I managed 8k in the same time frame and the run after that I broke my one-hour barrier!

Confidence in mind, the next hurdle to challenge was the route itself. The Yorkshire Half Marathon is hilly. In fact, in my head, its one long, giant hill and it’s something I felt I needed to conquer during my training. Discussing with family, friends and colleagues who are also undertaking the Half Marathon helped here. If they can do it, so can I and so I set off up the lengthy slope. Once again, the first time I didn’t quite manage it, but persistence helps.

The Yorkshire Half Marathon is now only four weeks away and, at present, my training has allowed me to get as far as 10 miles before my legs become jelly and I start looking for the nearest sofa, but 10 miles isn’t bad. I can run for almost two hours and I’m happy with my progress and confident I’ll make it through the Yorkshire Half Marathon on the day. It’s not always easy, however, and I have discovered that the key to motivation is fundraising!

I have also discovered that running becomes more than just running. When you’re not training you’re thinking about when you can train next, you’re talking to colleagues about the routes you’ve run and who’s gone the furthest. How awful was running in the wind and rain on Saturday! Running suddenly takes even more of your time, energy and effort and it becomes a big part of your life and the reason it’s all worth it is because, when you’re fundraising, you’re making a difference.

I am running the Yorkshire Half Marathon on behalf of Sheffield Futures in order to transform lives and create positive futures. Every time someone kindly donates to me on behalf of this cause I am both proud and that bit more energised to continue pushing. I’m hoping to defeat the Yorkshire Half Marathon in under 2 hours and, while that might not definitely happen, fundraising is certainly inspiring me to try!

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