Running for Sheffield Futures

Running for Sheffield Futures

Tash Bright No Comment

After starting my new job at Sheffield Futures I was immediately told about the running 10k in October for the charity. I must saw that the thought of it had me walking to the hills – I don’t run.  Anyone who knows me knows that although I like sport but running is not my forte. Me running for anything other than the bus is unheard of but I decided to run my first ever race and raise money for a charity and show some team spirit.

WEEK 1

After umming and ahhing I decided to get stuck in. I had 6 weeks to get ready, so I bought some running shoes and hit Meersbrook Park to begin my training. I am quite certain that the hill in Meersbrook Park came straight out of my worst nightmares. The view at the top is amazing but my first attempt at running up the hill was so slow and uncoordinated, it could only be described as a consistent trip uphill. After a few attempts, it seemed to get easier but I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fit in enough training sessions before the big race day.

 

WEEK 2

After about two weeks of training I know longer absolutely hated running, more of a strong dislike. I was consistently running 2-3K twice a week but but had not done over 5K. It seemed that 3K was the most I’d ever be able to do.

 

WEEK 3

I started adding gym work outs into my week, which helped build up my stamina. I wasn’t so daunted by the Meersbrook Hill anymore.

 

WEEK 4

I downloaded a great free app called Strava, which helped me analyse how fast I was running per kilometre. As I’m rather competitive, this helped me enjoy running, as I could see how I was improving each time.

 

WEEK 5

One week before the race I had started building up the distance each training session. I went from 6k – 8k and found that after 4k, I had got through the pain barrier and it wasn’t all that bad.

 

WEEK 6 - RACE WEEEK

I did one last run of 9k and a gym session the week of the race. I made sure to give myself a day off all exercise before the race.

 

RACE DAY!

I was actually super excited and the anticipation I think gave me the adrenaline to sprint over the finish line. I felt very proud of the fact I’d stepped outside of my comfort zone to help raise money for the young people of my beautiful city, Sheffield. I finished the race in 1hr 6 mins and altogether, my running partner Jake and I raised just over £250!

 

If you want to help raise money for Sheffield Futures, get in touch with our Community Fundraiser, Elliot at Elliot.Walker@sheffieldfutures.org.uk.

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.