Running Events in 2018
We’re well into 2018 now – it being February when I’m writing this post – and so far it’s not been going well. Actually, to tell you the truth, it’s been a disaster. So, where has it all gone wrong, what are my running plans for 2018, and what are the big running events to look at this year.
My first running event was amazing
2017 was the year of my first big race. I took part in the legendary Great North Run and I loved it. Training for this running event helped spur on my training.
This was my first half marathon. I ran to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. This is a great charity that’s naturally close to my heart. Running for a charity like this really helped drag me out on those training runs when what I really wanted to do was crawl under the covers and binge watch another season of the X-Files.
I have Crohn’s disease myself, and it’s an absolute bitch! When it’s not got me curled up in gut-wrenching pain, or running for the toilet, it causes me unbearable fatigue and tiredness. It makes wanting to do stuff, anything at all, incredibly hard.
BUT, it’s given me an incredible strength of character and ability to battle against adversity. I put this to good use when I was training for the Great North Run, and when I was running it.
Knowing I was running with an end goal, the GNR, really helped to spur me on when I had those moments of “I can’t be arsed” or “please god, no more”. Running for a charity pushed me on even more.
Post running event blues
Running – and importantly finishing – the GNR was such a buzz. I loved it. In fact, I really loved it. The atmosphere, the running, the challenge, the elation of crossing the finish line, everything about it was amazing (apart from all the bloody hills). I recommend it to everyone (just not the hills). It’s definitely a half marathon that should be on your running bucket list (as long as you like running up hills).
Now here comes the but. Once the run was done and dusted, my running started to really tail off and I hit a massive slump. I was struggling to find the motivation and energy to get out there and clock a few miles. The weather was also getting colder, which didn’t help me one bit. Running in the cold is something I’ve discovered I absolutely hate. Big time.
Come November, I had given up entirely. It just wasn’t clicking for me.
Every couple of weeks I’d think about dusting off the running gear and heading out for a few miles. Then, before I could act on these urges, I’d Inevitably talk myself out of it and break open the biscuit tin.
New year New you (or me)
Fast forward to February and I can feel the Midiclorians stirring in my blood once more. The drive to get out running is becoming stronger.
I’ve gotten in a few one, two and three mile runs to break back into the regime gently. And thank goodness I did. It’s amazing how unfit you become even with just a few months of idleness.
What a relief it is to be running again. I didn’t realise how much I had missed it. If I went in for cheesy cliches I would say it’s like falling in love with it all over again. But I don’t, so I’ll just say it feels fantastic. Both mind and body are starting to feel good again.
It serves to remind me, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. Everything will work itself out in the end.
Running events in 2018
Naturally, I put in for the Great North Run 2018 ballot. As I said, last years was incredible so I definitely wanted to run it again. Plus, I thought, it would get me out of my training slump.
But, it wasn’t to be, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. My entry didn’t get drawn in the ballot and I didn’t, and still don’t, have a place in this years run. Although, I’m looking into a charity place so fingers crossed.
Even though I didn’t get my place in the Great North Run (yet) I have another couple of running events booked up, the Pier to Pier and the Whinlatter 10K. Both of these are 10K runs with a difference.
The Pier to Pier starts out on the beach at South Shields, runs along the coastal paths and then back down onto the beach to finish at Roker in Sunderland. This was also my first ever running event I took part in many years ago. Running along the beach makes this a good challenge, particularly the sandy hill from the beach to the coastal path.
The Whinlatter 10K is one I am really looking forward to as the run is set in Whinlatter forest in the Lake District; a beautiful part of the country. This is a proper trail run through the forest that sets off in the evening. I imagine the views on this one will be spectacular. If anyone has run in this event before let me know what it’s like in the comments below.
What running events should I take part in this year
Some other races I’m looking at taking part in this year are:
- Great North Run (Still holding out hope for a charity place)
- Edinburgh Half Marathon
- Siglion Sunderland Half Marathon
- Redcar Running Festival Half Marathon
- Souther Lighthouse Great Run Local Run 5K
- Great North 10K
- Sunderland City 10K
- Total Warrior
- Tough Mudder
As you can probably tell from the above list I’m keen to get a couple of half marathons in this year. The only half marathon run I have done is the GNR, so I definitely want to push on and run some more half’s.
I am also looking at a couple of obstacles style runs, Total Warrior and Tough Mudder, as I think these will be fun to do. I’ve always had the urge to do something like this and there’s no point putting it off forever.
I’m not sure how many on the list I will end up running in, but I damn well aim to run in at least several of them.
Any other running events
So there you have it, I ended last year badly, and I’m just starting to get going for this year. BUT, the important thing is I got started again, so I’m moving forward at least.
What running events have you got planned for this year? Are there any I’ve missed you think I should be looking at? Let me know in the comments below.
As always, happy running.