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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Running, a year later

So it's been about a year since I started running. In that time, I've gone from just being able to run 5K, to comfortably doing 10K in just under an hour. In that same time, my weight has gone from 77.5 kg to around 69 kg.

The thing that started all of this off was the 5K Packard Summer Scamper, and next month I'm going to run in my first 14K fun run, the City2South. I thought I'd have a go at fund raising too, so if you'd like to make a donation, here's my page. I'm raising money for the Heart Foundation.

I've constantly surprised myself with my progress. Just the last time I went for a run, I managed to set personal records on 1 km, 1 mile, 5 km and 10 km, which really blew me away.

Once upon a time, I had this crazy idea to try and get into the Queensland Police Service, and one of the fitness requirements for applying was you had to be able to run 2.4 km in under 12 minutes, and I remember training away on the treadmill at the gym and only just scraping in under that time on a treadmill. Then I tried it on a running track, and I have these vague memories of it being a total slog. That was probably 10 years or more ago now. Now I could do that easily.

I've got quite a nice 10 km running course in my local neighbourhood, so I'm thinking now that I'm comfortably running 10 km on this course, I should try and go for a half-marathon distance, so one of these weekends I'll just try running the same course twice plus a little bit more, just to see if I have it in me. Then maybe I'll consider entering a half-marathon, just for shits and giggles. I'll probably do it after I run 14 km, which will be the longest distance I've run to date.

I only learned about the City2South run yesterday. The run that I've been planning on doing since returning to Brisbane is the Bridge to Brisbane. It looks like they've just opened up entries for it now, so I guess I should go sign up for it too.

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