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Just a wee half

This entry was posted on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: stubborn, sports, running, ocd, health, goals, friends, crazy, confession, broken ankle

Oops, I’ve done it again. After declaring that I would not be running any half (or full) marathons this year, to ease back into post-broken ankle running, I have officially signed up for the 2017 Scottish Half Marathon. I didn’t intend to do it, but my running partner has convinced me to do it. (He didn’t have to work hard for that. At all.)

I suppose this means that I will have something to really work towards over the next nine months as I work to regain the strength in my ankle—and to increase my lung capacity a bit. I will have to take things slowly though so I think I will have to set some smaller running and training goals over the next few months.

The first of those goals? To be able to run a 5K without a walk break. It doesn’t sound like much, but it will be a bit of a challenge as my body is still getting used to all of this cardio work! A further, on-going goal will be to work on my overall fitness levels. In fact, I am taking on a wee yoga challenge to do just that. (More on that later.)

I am actually looking forward to training for a race again. Yes, this will be good for me. Which means I should be thanking my running partner for planting the seed in my very fertile mind!

So, on 24 September 2017, I shall run a half marathon. It’s only a wee 13.1 miles. And it’s a flat course. So it will be fine. I’ll be fine. My ankle will be fine. And I shall survive. And maybe, just maybe, I will even manage to hit last year’s missed running goal of a sub-2:00 half marathon!

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