Couch to 21k: entry two

Faculty: Science & Technology
Category: Sport

4 January 2018

Blogger Karan in Mildmay Sports Centre wearing an Anglia Ruskin Parkrun t-shirt

Keeping up my training for the Cambridge Half Marathon over the Christmas period was hard, but I’m glad to say that I managed to stay on track.

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I’ve been running three times a week for the last fortnight which has been a challenge, especially to go out after work, but so far I’ve done it.

My training so far has been two runs during the week in the evening and a parkrun on Saturday morning.

I’ve really enjoyed doing parkrun and not just for the running and getting new personal bests. It has helped me meet new people, and I've regained a sense of local community that I lost when I moved away for university.

I go to the one in Valentines Park; I hadn’t been there for several years but it’s been really nice to go back. I have good memories from spending time there feeding the ducks with my mum and my brother when we were children.

As well as the usual Saturday parkruns, I also did an extra one on Christmas Day which was a lot of fun. There were a lot of festive outfits and the race director was dressed in a Santa costume whilst wielding a lightsaber, which was definitely not something you see every day.

I had to travel a little further than usual for it because Valentines Park wasn’t hosting one, but it was definitely worth it. It was nice to go to another park in my local area that I wouldn’t normally go to, and I ended up meeting my old Scouts leader who I haven’t seen since I was in school. To top it off, I also got a new PB of 25:17 before indulging in all the festive treats!

In total, I have done ten parkruns since October, which meant that I was able to get a free t-shirt from Mildmay Sports Centre.

For the 25th anniversary year since ARU received university status, staff and students get a free celebratory t-shirt if we do ten parkruns between June 2017 and June 2018. It’s a dri-fit t-shirt and I really like it so I’ll definitely be wearing it out on my runs. You can find out more about the scheme here.

After Christmas, it snowed quite heavily but I still managed to do an 8km jog. It was at a rather slow pace but it’s still the furthest that I’ve ever run. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to still keep up with the training in the bad weather and start to build on the distance.

As well as the running going well, my friends and family have been generous on my JustGiving page and I have managed to raise over £200 already. The support from them, not just with the donations, has been really good and has helped me keep motivated.

By Karan Gadhia

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