Couch to 21k: entry four

Faculty: Science & Technology
Category: Sport

1 February 2018

Group of Anglia Ruskin staff and students posing for a picture before a run

I’ve always thought that running was an individual sport but over the last few weeks I’ve learnt that there’s so much more to it.

It’s made me meet new people as well as being a great conversation topic when I talk to old friends. To help with my midweek training, I’ve started going to the Campus Sport jogging groups which I’ve really enjoyed. In fact, I like the jogging groups so much that I even went on my birthday!

Everyone there is really friendly and there’s a mix of abilities, but it doesn’t matter because the coaches help tailor the session so you can go at your own pace – even though other people might be faster or slower.

We do different sessions each week and in the last couple of weeks we’ve done timed runs, hill sessions and interval training. I’m really enjoying the variety instead of just running a set distance and I’ve made some friends there so hopefully I'll continue to go after the Cambridge Half Marathon.

I’ve managed to keep up with my longer runs at the weekend too and over the last two Sundays I did 14km and then 16km. I’ve been trying to add more variety in those runs by running in new locations each week. I really struggled with the 14km at Wanstead Flats because it was a horrible day with sleet and some snow but the important thing is that I still did it.

I was really sore on Monday too so after that experience I was dreading stepping up the distance again to 16km but I was pleasantly surprised. I went to Victoria Park and did the 16km in an hour and a half and I was really pleased with that time. I can’t believe that I’ve never been to it before as it’s just a short Tube ride from my house and it’s really nice. There’s a lake and a Chinese pagoda in the middle as well as a canal just by it. I wasn’t too sore on Monday morning either so I’m really pleased with how it went. It was a big confidence boost for me to do that distance as it’s 5km less than the half marathon distance.

It’s crazy to think that in October last year I ran 5km for the first time and I’ve tripled the distance that I can run in just several weeks.

I’m really excited for the next few weeks of training and I can’t wait for the Cambridge Half Marathon!

By Karan Gadhia

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