Running the 2018 Great Birmingham 10k

One of the things I wanted to do in 2018 was to do a long-distance running event. Considering I was completely rubbish at sport since childhood, it dawned on me in my late-teenage years that I started to become better at playing sports.

Running is my go-to exercise for destressing and it makes a huge difference when you have spent an hour with your headphones listening to rock ‘n roll, pounding the streets of Birmingham to get rid of unnecessary stress. It’s even become a daily part of my lifestyle.

In 2017, I must have run over 200km, which I think is the most amount of running I have ever done in my life. It was a coming of age moment for me in which I can now run 5k and 10k distances without stopping in record time. The records kept tumbling down and Strava was tracking the kilometres in on my phone.

Fast-forward to 2018, I made the brave decision to enter the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k. In hindsight, this was one of the easiest decisions I had ever made for entering a sporting event because I was putting in the hours on the road running and indoors in the gym so it had to be put to good use.

Preparation has been solid although due to other commitments, it has meant I have had to do one long run on Monday and a 5k Parkrun at Cannon Hill Park on Saturday. It seems that with this programme alongside my two days in the gym has meant setting PBs week after week.

The pacing of my runs is still something I have to work on and its a huge learning curve for me. I’m a fast starter so it means that sometimes I do slow down in the final few kilometres although there are signs I am starting to run at a consistent pace without reducing my speed to over 5 minutes 30 seconds per kilometre.

What my preparation for the Great Birmingham 10k has taught me is to take each day at a time and to be grateful for the opportunities I have been given. Life is full of bumps and roadblocks so its all about navigating them and becoming a stronger, wiser individual that can handle adversity without quitting or giving up.

With the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday 6th May 2018, I am looking forward to enjoying my first race. No matter what the time is, so long as I finish the 10k, I will be one happy Brummie!

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