As you are already aware my name is Sarah, I'm 27 and I am a teacher (also head of department) at a school in county Durham. I started running about 4 years ago and have slowly but surely progressed as time has passed by.
My current big targets for the year ahead are to beat my 1:52:02 half marathon PB, do a sub 50 minute 10k and get around the Edinburgh marathon in one piece. I foolishly signed up to Edinburgh with the lasses at the club, but to be perfectly honest it's a challenge I feel like I need to undertake at some point in my life. I mean, who wouldn't want to tell the grandchildren in the future, "eeee I once ran a marathon!” So while I'm fit and ready I may as well give it my very best shot, just to complete it will be enough for me. As for my other targets, they have been hanging around for too long and as soon as I get them out of the way I can set some more. I was very close to my sub 1:50 target at the Brass Monkey half marathon this January, I was on target all the way at around 8:20 miling but the wind was so strong and blowing everyone everywhere! Being 2 minutes and 2 seconds outside my target in gale force winds was good enough for me, I know deep down I have it in me, I'm just waiting for the prefect conditions (if they actually exist!). As for the 10k target, I'm going to hold my hands up here and say I probably have never been fit enough to reach that... Until now.
I could go on forever but this time I won't but I'm going to end my intro with a paragraph about why I actually run...
I don't know how many times a week I hear the usual comments, "I couldn't run to the corner shop' or ' you must be mental' from people who I work with or non-running friends in general. I still find it difficult to reply with any meaningful insight into why I actually run, all I know is that I do. When I'm running alone I love nothing more than to think, just think about nothing. I suppose anyone who runs knows what I mean unless you are knocking our stupidly fast miles and looking at your watch every hundred metres! I can have the worst day at work and then go for a run and by the time I get back I have forgotten what the issue was and I'm back to feeling normal with the extra addition of self-satisfaction.
People don’t get people who run but as far as I'm concerned, people who run don't get people who don't.
I look forward to updating you about my forthcoming marathon training, my Blyth 10k challenge and any other bits and bobs in between,
Over and oot