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The Great North Run- My triumph over social anxiety

2018 will be my first full year of running. It was on the 26th March 2017 that I started to run, partly to help get myself fitter and to help with my mental health. At this point I had already set a determination to beat the social anxiety, that had affected my life for so long but I knew I had more to achieve. I could only hope back in March of last year, that running would be the weapon in my battle needed.Read More

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2018 running schedule

2018 is my first full year as a runner and my first year competing in the Sleaford Striders Athletic Clubs race series. I am by far not going to win the series, I am still learning and getting myself stronger. That said, it is all good fun and for me very exciting. As you maybe able to tell, running has become a big part of my life and a major factor in my recent recovery. I’ll talk about the later in another post.Read More

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Grimsthorpe 10k

The ground was amok with
uneven stones which flowed
amongst the divots, weeds and
muddy puddles.

To stride up a hill, not once,
twice but four times.
As equally we go down altering
our pose to keep a balance
we hold.

With trees clad to our right
and a bottomless, brown coloured
lake to the left, fields appear ahead
as we have forgotten what has passed.

What’s next? A badly ploughed field
that no runner can run. Followed this is the
final hill and with legs a sore, we trundle up.

One final push with stiff legs and muscles
that hurt, its a sprint to the finish line
and a medal to sport our neckline, a breathless
joy of completing the run, becomes our minds
and soon we feel that runners high.

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A cheap hobby they said!

You need a hobby they said!
Running is cheap they said!
What is the mere cost of trainers,
shorts and a vest they said?
What is the cost? Ha!
£115 for the right pair of running shoes.
At least £40 for a good top and shorts,
not to mention winter wear.
The cost does not stop there with an
average entry fee of £20 per race,
All for a £1.50 medal and agonising legs.
Then you need a sports massage with £30-40 gone.
Of course, the cost does not stop there!
What about the other clothes you wear?
The weight loss, the toning, all bring the
requirement of a new wardrobe.
Lets not forget a club membership too!
But it is okay, it is cheap they said!
All in all, it is worth every penny, cent
and dime for running soon brings a thrill,
a non-runner will never know.