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
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
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
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