I am continuing to follow the running programme set by my local
Park Run team 'Couch to 5K.' And despite the rain, the hail and
bitter cold during the past few weeks I have managed to complete
the weekly group run on a Sunday morning.
Going from being able to run for only two minutes before getting
out of breath at the beginning of January, to running this Sunday
for 25 minutes and sprinting during the last stage has been a real
turning point for me.
My running technique has greatly improved since I attended a
recent 'Running Workshop' led by Glyn Knight, one of our Personal
Trainers here at The Park Royal Leisure Club.
The workshop included information and tips for runners but the
most useful for me was an introduction to the 'cadence technique'
of running. This has helped me to keep count of my steps when
running and concentrate on the pace at which I run as opposed to
concentrating solely on my breathing. It certainly works for me and
has enabled me to run further distances.
The final part of the morning included the group running
together on a 5k from The Park Royal. This I was dreading,
especially when I discovered the others had run much longer
distances. However, everyone was most supportive and despite having
one or two breaks I managed to complete the run and it encouraged
me to continue with my running training programme with more
I would recommend Glyn's Running Workshop for anyone who is
thinking of taking up running or for those of you who are runners
but would like more information on running in general.
It still seems quite daunting to me the prospect of competing in
the Manchester 10k in May but I realise I have come along way in a
short space of time and am determined to achieve my goal.
Until next time keep smiling and running.
'I may not be there yet but I am
closer than I was yesterday.'
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