Monday, 18 January 2016

New fitness challenge for 2016 - Exeter ROCKSOLID RACE 15K

One of my new year's resolutions is to get fitter.

Unfortunately, I find it all too easy to let fitness slip unless I have a goal or challenge to work towards. So when a friend suggested I join her team taking part in the Exeter ROCKSOLID RACE 15K challenge in March to raise funds for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF), I jumped at the chance.

Towards the end of last year, I took part in a couple of organised trail runs – the Drogo 10 and the Cockington Christmas Caper – and I really enjoyed the challenging terrain.

Running the Drogo 10
Running the Drogo 10

The ROCKSOLID RACE is a step up from that because as well as mud and hills, it also involves a few obstacles. However, I'm really excited by the challenge. And, unlike a lot of running events, because I'll be part of a team there's an added incentive to get fit. I'm really looking forward to the camaraderie that you might not get in solo efforts.

I started my training on Friday and set out on what was supposed to be a gentle three miles. It was the first time I'd been out running since injuring my ankle in the middle of December so I thought I'd take it slowly and see how it went.

My body had other ideas and I ended up running my fastest three miles in a long time. I managed to rack up an average pace of 8 minutes 47 seconds per mile. It felt good. I hadn't realised how much I had missed getting out running.

I'll be posting regular training updates on this blog. If you've got any training tips, I'd love to hear them.

You can sponsor my efforts via my JustGiving page. The funds raised will go to support the work ELF does to support families affected by blood cancers and blood disorders.

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