Previous Salad Dodger, Addicted to Running, Needs Votes for a Boston Qualifier!
Vote for me here: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/competitions/target-262-2013-good-for-age/494.html
I used to be fat. Salad was something you bought in a bag, left in the fridge until it was brown and mushy when you threw it away and exercise was something I’d heard about, but wasn’t really that keen about trying.
My moment of epiphany was after some photos where I realised I was most definitely ‘The Fat Friend’. Not a good look. I dieted and got to 9 stone and then the problem of maintaining the weight kicked in. I ran as the most calorie efficient way of burning calories … and then my competitive nature kicked in.
My first challenge was a sub-30 5k, then 29 … 28 … soon I was becoming a regular at parkun and knocking minutes off of my time.
I began enjoying the running and loving how I felt afterwards and how toned I was becoming. I was hooked. My chest of drawers slowly filled up with lycra and sports tops and trainers were something for running not leisure … I even ran with my baby – pushing her in her pushchair. She has grown up knowing me as a sporty Mum – never a fat Mum.
As I ran more, I got better. I’ll never be the fastest or the speediest, but I’m bloody-minded. Tell me I can’t do something and I will practise until I can …
I practised until I started beating my slower running friends, then my quicker friends … and one day I realised I was quite often placed at the local races. Nothing spectacular – these were LOCAL races, but I loved the feeling of being good at something. Instead of The Fat One. Or The Unfit One.
As a present – or possibly revenge for beating him in a parkrun, I was bought a Liverpool Marathon entry for a Christmas present. I’d never even run a half before. So I entered Reading Half in April and made it home in 1 hr 44. The buzz was unbelievable. I was also quite happy to beat my boyfriend who had been running for 7 years by over 5 minutes. He loves that I’m faster than him now. No really
I entered Bristol half and completed it in 1 hr 39 which gave me more confidence for my first marathon and showed me I could keep a steady pace throughout.
My first marathon was Liverpool which I completed – with toenails intact! - in 3:45:11. However, this was without a training plan as I hadn’t known where to start. Did I drop my mileage to start with a beginners plan? Instead, I kept running the same 35 miles a week but I just increased my long runs at the weekend.
My Liverpool time gave me a Good for Age time and automatic entry into the London marathon. But … I decided I could be quicker and set my sights on a marathon I had heard of but 5 years ago never considered I’d be able to enter. Boston. To enter Boston you need to be able to prove you can run a sub-3:35 marathon. I finally have a chance at a Boston qualifying time …
If you want the blood, guts, warts and all lowdown on what it’s like to be trained by the experts, then vote for me. I promise to tell it all … in the most amusing and clear way possible … PLUS get a Boston qualifying time
I can remember you asking earlier on in the year about what to do at the start of the schedule as it didn't fit in............you did a great first time
Hi Sarah, I love your introduction! Well done for everything you have achieved so far and best of luck in the Asics competiton, I would love to follow your training thread
I've bookmarked your blog to check out when I get home too
I loved your story & your humour, Sarah (the bit about salad in a kebab had me laugh out loud and definitely felt a bit like a blast from the past!). Fantastic efforts & finishing times already and certainly wish you the very best of luck!!! x
Thanks Seren! I remember! I went with your reply as you recommended carrying on doing the same mileage until the training plan caught up ... which is when I added in the long runs! Thanks for that advice - obviously worked!
Hi Xine267 - thank you so much! I was really stumped with what to write ... but just thought, hey all I can do is be me ... and hope people don't dislike me too much!
Thanks Okapi - it's really true. My Mum used to phone me and check I was eating my veg when I left home and I would be counting the bits in the microwave meal I'd had ...! Thank you!!
I don't believe it! Fat Sarah? Is that you? LOL ...... only joking. Youve given me hope actually if you were doing 30 minute 5k runs and now doing 1 hour 39 HM's ..... Looks like I'll have to up the mileage to around 40 per week instead of my usual effort!
David - Ha ha! Love it! It's me! Previously-Fat-Sarah! 30 minute 5ks were my original TARGET - I was well over that when I started ... I'm now doing around 30 - 35 miles a week as I'm not training for anything specific and my last parkrun (24th November) was 21:34. I'm still knocking time off the 5ks and I hope to keep on chipping away at them for some time yet!
You have my vote as I am where you are speed wise but a bit slower!!! All the best.....
MCS - Thank you! Would be fab to be able to knock the minutes off together! I'm uber-competitive so would be fantastic to have someone with matching times to compete with
What's your 10k time?
And what is your favorite distance to race??
Evening Steve Loves Bacon!
I'm jinxed at the 10k distance! My only 'recognised' 10k time is 49:44 on an extremely hilly course, but I've raced 10k in 45:11 in the Coventry 10k ... however only realised afterwards it wasn't a 'recognised' course. Probably, because of the amount of walkers on the paths ... there was a lot of old lady dodging and dog hurdling going on ...
My favourite distance is either the 5k or the half marathon. 5k because it's short and sharp - it hurts but you feel AMAZING afterwards. And the half marathon distance because you can take your time and pace yourself and enjoy the scenery!
Ha ha I'm totally taking up dog hurdling as a hobby!
5k is my favourite too - I'm a sucker for a sprint finish...
Would be awesome if you managed the Boston qualifying time!
Steve Loves Bacon - I think we should definitely try and get Dog Hurdling recognised at the next Olympics .. not sure who'd volunteer their dog as a hurdle but we can work on that!
If you don't win a place on the team do you still intend to run another marathon in 2013 to try and get your Boston time, if so which one and why?
RRR Don't worry. I'll get my people to talk to their people. We'll find some!
Boduke!! - Fantastic to see you on here!! You were so great at Bootcamp last year! Cool as a cucumber but you kept me giggling! Marmite? You've asked me the marmite question??
... (starts scraping tongue with fingers at the thought off marmite)
Xyloid - If I don't get through then I will be entering Manchester marathon! I've heard good things about it - basically that it's flat ...! After Parliament Street at mile 22 of Liverpool marathon in October I reckon a nice flat course sounds good Although I did get to go DOWN Parliament Street at about mile 25 which kept me rolling all the way to the finish line!
Steve - I reckon dog hurdling is the way forward ...
Hi there, ive been reading your blog and I am inspired... I am the currently lardy one in my group of friends.. which after being "skinny" for years is somewhat of a shock...
I am contemplating taking up jogging/running in the new year... what would be the best bit of advice you can give me? in terms of Kit to wear? and also how to get in the right mind set to start of? and any apps you could reccommend?
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