Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:55
In 2012 I caught the running bug. I entered the half marathon Run to the Beat in London and started to push on with my training. The shin splints stopped me dead in my tracks. So much pain.
Three weeks before the race and having not run in three to four months the race pack turned up and I decided that I was going to do this race. A fire was lit and with only three weeks prep I ran it in 1hr 55 minutes.
I carried on running, looking for a cure for the shin splints while pushing myself on to faster and further distances. In January 2013 I had what I thought was a promising relationship fail and I decided that I'd stick to running.
I entered a number of races at various distances, including giving myself 3 months to train for my first marathon in Hamburg. A month before the marathon I was running 13.1 miles for enjoyment on a Friday night after work, I was fitter and healthier than I had ever been. I loved running and it made everything seem better. My body was stronger, my mind sharper and I was happier.
The marathon took its toll though. I wasn't able to run for about 4 months after due to a couple of injuries and it was almost a year before I felt injury free. In that time I met someone and I am now preparing for our wedding and our first baby. I am even happier than I was when I was running all those miles. Unfortunately I think being happy might be part of the problem. I used to run to let all the rubbish go, now there is no need.
Last year I started training a bit again and this time aimed for speed. I got my first sub 20 5km, a sub 45 10km and a 1.38 half marathon but if I'm honest I didn't enjoy the training. The achievements were great, but the build up was a slog.
This year I just can't get going. Little pains that would never have stopped me two years ago now give me an excuse to put the PS4 on instead. I don't get the buzz from finishing a run like I used to. I want to train and run regularly, I don't want to become a rotund middle age father, but finding the drive to do it is really tough at the moment.
I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas to help me get back out there, or gone through the same and came through the other side?