Next stop, Manchester 10k!

On Saturday the 10th of March I ran my first official 5k as part of the Victoria Park Run in Warrington. The excitement and nervousness shared by myself and fellow participants who had started on the 'Couch to 5k' programme just seven weeks before certainly brought a camaraderie to the morning, and we all shared a determination to complete the run, despite the rain and the mud (so much mud!)


Then just one week later I joined in the 5k at Hassop in Derbyshire (whilst I was away with my mum for the weekend). Running along the Monsal Trail taking in the gorgeous scenery all around was a good feeling. I even managed to beat my time from the previous weeks' run by one minute.


The exhilaration on running over the finish line at both the events above was a great experience. I think I may have the 'Running Bug' as they say, and the overall benefits in addition to the 'feel good factor' such as losing weight, gaining a more toned body far out way the effort I have had to put in during the past seven weeks.


With my confidence boosted I couldn't help dreaming of training for the London marathon followed by the New York marathon - just watch this space! Then reality kicked in and my husband exclaimed 'Jayne you've done really well but what about getting your 10k in Manchester done first?'


Which brings me back to why I started this journey in the first place, to raise money for the NSPCC. A charity that I work for as a volunteer counsellor via the Childline Service. I witness during my shift how we are able to help children and young people have a safe and confidential space to talk, be listened to and get support. In 2016/17 we provided more than 295,000 counselling sessions.


So now for the next part of my challenge, from 5k to 10k in just nine weeks. When I will take part in the Manchester 10 to raise funds for the NSPCC.


Please keep reading my blog and let me know how you are getting on with your running, it is great to hear that some of you have been inspired to take up running or to start on some fitness programme - keep it up.


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