The running community – Road To A Sub 2 Half #3

To start this instalment of RTAS2H I want to (again) thank everyone for their support of this blog and me in general. This week has been manic for me with getting puppies, getting a mountain bike and life in general but I’m really happy with my progress. I also want to give a shoutout to Steve on the ‘Running Discussion Board’ Facebook group for giving me tips and dealing with my stupid questions. As I’ve said before I’m still an amateur runner so I’m always grateful to receive help from others.

Runs I’ve done

As I mentioned above, Steve gave me a few tips and one of them was to do some hill sprints. Luckily, I’ve got quite a few hills near my house, meaning I could run up the hill as a warm up and then run back as a warm down. The hill was roughly 75m long and I managed 5 repetitions which I’m pleased with as it was my first go at it and considering it was 25 degrees outside. I’ll definitely be making it a weekly thing from now on. Next time I’ll probably go easier on the warm up run just so I can give more to the sprints, I’m thinking of maybe doing a longer but slower warm up. I’m definitely not complaining about burning 500 calories in just 30 minutes though.

Yes, that is bird poo..

I’ve been told that it’s good luck so I’ll be getting a lottery ticket asap. Also, yes I did have to write the stats onto the picture myself, as my watch lost battery half a mile from the end – luckily I knew the exact time I left and got back meaning I could work out my times.

Apart from the watch and bird poo it was a really good run for me. I didn’t think I’d be able to run 10 miles in 1:30 this early on in training so I’m excited for what else I might achieve in the future. That being said, there’s still another 3 miles to cover and I’ll have to gradually work my way up in the coming weeks. I’m now starting to notice that my legs are getting stronger and maybe even growing some extra muscle, which has always been hard for me as I was so skinny as a kid. That’s what I love about running, not only is it mentally rewarding, it’s great for your body too.


I want to talk about the running community and how it’s really surprised me recently.

When I was running today, I was joined by several other runners and 99% of them were really friendly and said hi to me as well as doing the standard head nod. It’s like there’s a universal appreciation for other runners no matter what standard you are and it’s great to be a part of. Every day I see people congratulating each other for their runs and these are most likely people that have never even met before so this is so great to see.

I’m now trying to make more of an effort to show my support to others because a comment or message can go a long way and can make someone feel great about themselves. I’ve still only got a small number of followers on Instagram but it feels like triple that because of the amount of interaction I’m having with others and most of that is within the running community. In the future I’d love to do some sort of social run with people I’ve met through social media so if anyone knows how to organise that sort of thing, then let me know.

Once again I’ve rambled on but I just wanted to show my appreciation for this great community and I can’t wait to get more involved.

Also, I’m going to be giving away a Piranha running top soon so keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway info…

Thanks for reading, peace.

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