my running adventures – barefoot or otherwise
Yes, I know it has only been a week since I posted the three goals I’ve set myself for 2014, but I was so excited about some progress in this area, I just had to let you all know about it. Not really to blow my own trumpet, but more as a means of encouraging and inspiring you in your goals.
Since the start of the year, I’ve managed to bring two friends into the Strava fold, John and Nic. Nic has had a New Year push to get fit and has taken to running in a sensible and steady way. In fact, it is in discussions I’ve had with Nic through Strava and Facebook that have led me to draft a longer blog post I’m putting together at the moment all about getting into running. I’m sure if you do a quick search you’ll see loads of brief, vague articles about how to get into running, but this post is going to be the definitive, comprehensive guide you, or your friends and family need to read before considering if running is the activity for them.
Now that I’ve got you salivating about that one, let’s get back to this one!
My beautiful wife has also taken some tentative steps into running and I am SO proud of her. She gave birth to our third child in early November, and since the New Year, she has gone from less than 2k runs to a monumental 4.65km last weekend. She likes that she gets to use my new Garmin Forerunner 210 LE watch, and I really think that running could be the ‘thing’ that we can both do, either together or individually depending on time and children.
What I’m really looking forward to is the lighter, warmer weather in the summertime, when we can run together (albeit with buggies probably!), and chat and run. It’s perhaps an idealised view of what lies ahead (in a sugar-coated Hollywood-inspired kind of way), but I’m an optimist, so that’s the view from where I’m standing!
So, we’re not even close to the end of January yet, I have two new Strava buddies, a beautiful, running wife AND as of this afternoon, I’ve bagged my first century of kilometres of the year!
Keep visiting for future blog posts on the definitive guide to running and my responses to books I’m reading at the moment (Usain Bolt and Mo Farah bios and Swim, Bike, Run by the Brownlee brothers).
And finally, I thought I’d share this piece of running wisdom with you that I saw recently:
‘If your goals don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough.’
Go hard or go home!