Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Running Diaries #1

So this is going to be a weekly post including everything about whats happened this week with me and my half marathon training. As I type this I have just returned from my longest ever run, 4.5 miles. Now considering less than a month ago I couldn't even run 5 minutes without quite literally throwing up, I think this is an amazing achievement. I am so unbelievably proud of myself that no words could do it justice.

My Training Schedule.

So first things first, my training schedule. I have uploaded it to Google Docs so that you can view it and download it. You can find it here.

Running Gear.
So up until today I've been running in a vest top, some baggy sweat pants and the only semi decent running kit I own, which are my old Asics trainers (which aren't that great). Today I finally took the plunge and invested in some lycra. I also got some new training socks and a jacket. I still need to get lots more running gear but for now this is a vast improvement from what I have been running in up to press. Never I repeat never underestimate the power of lycra to make you feel like a "proper" runner. I never thought I'd see the day when I would be wearing lycra, but alas that day has come and I felt so much better in the proper gear, it really does make a big difference. I'm going to talk about trainers and stuff in another post when my new ones arrive, but if you are thinking about getting into running I'd recommend some Capri Pants and a Dry Fit running top.

Monitoring my Performance.

I've been using my iPhone and the Nike Plus GPS App to track my runs. I'm hoping to get an actual Nike Plus Wristband in a couple of weeks, but for now this will do. Its easy to use and relatively cheap from the App store. You can get it and find out more about it here or download it straight from the App store to your phone.


I feel fantastic. I never ever thought it would be possible a few weeks ago that I could run 40 minutes straight, and today I did. You should never underestimate your ability to change yourself. I feel like a superhero after I've finished a run. At the start of one of my longer runs I always think, how the hell am I going to get through this, but you know what I always manage to. I'm not saying it isn't without great difficulty. Sometimes I've been running for 10 minutes and I'll be thinking I can't do it I can't do it, but then I turn it around and mentally say to myself Yes you can do it Kelly, its simple just keep on running! And it works!! I've been doing the majority of my training on a treadmill, simply to build my fitness up first because running outside is much harder. I plan on alternating my runs as of next week with indoor and outdoor training. Also a special shout out to all of the Team Bangs on the Run 2 ladies, I had the chance to meet most of them last week and I can confirm that they are all absolutely lovely. I definitely couldn't do this without their and your ongoing support and words of encouragement.

Make sure to check back for next weeks post where I'll be including my current running playlist for you to have a listen to. At the moment music is crucial for me and my training as it really motivates me to keep going.

Believe. Achieve.


  1. I've been following the running updates for a while now and am completely in awe. I used to be good at running but only track - short distance. I'm mentally cheering you on all the way! I'll stick to Pilates reformer for now as my knees are not up to speed for running. Tine_77

  2. Good work! You've done really well! I can't wait to start running again. I started last November, and actually couldn't run more than 3 minutes. I got that up to about 16 minutes, but stopped over winter because it's too dark when I get home from work.

    The days are getting lighter, and next week I should be able to start running again. Can't wait!

    Good luck, and keep it up. :)

  3. Well done! Sounds like you're doing great. I've just started the 30 day shred. I'm still a bit nervous of running in public especially as I live in central London. Hopefully one day I'll have the confidence to, you've been encouraging me! Thanks.
    Also I'm SO jealous of your skin, it always looks great! xxxxx

  4. Really excited to read more of these posts! I have wanted to start running for a good few months now but I feel like I'm too big to run...I would be embarrassed running in public at the size I am. I'm going to have to combat this, am thinking perhaps the canel in Leeds on a lunch hour or something like that. It is really inspiring though to read people like yourself and Bangs who didn't think they could do it and now...well look at you both!

    PS Wicked always!

    Carla xxxx

  5. Well done thats a fab achievement, love your running clothes too. x

  6. Love this post and I look forward to reading all future Running Diaries entries! You really have turned yourself around and you should be so proud of yourself, I for one am delighted to see this positivity from you Kelly! Keep up the great work!

  7. Nice one Kelly! So proud of you :) will have to sort out a run together soon xxx

  8. I am one of those people who can't maintain anything - diets, blogging, 'gymming' - but after actually running and completing my 10k Race for Life a fortnight ago and learning about your half marathon (congrats!) I have decided to actually carry on running. You are my inspiration - cliche, sorry!

    Keep it up with your wonderful posts,

    Alice x

  9. We have the same top! :) hehe x

  10. You're doing amazingly bird! So proud :D
    Really recommend RunKeeper (for iPhone) over Nike+ tho. Way more accurate and the free version is all you need. Class wee bit of kit xxx

  11. Your doing so well Kelly!!! Keep up the good work :D

  12. Congrats! I'm also training for a 1/2 and must be roughly where you are in training. Love the pink top! Are you running outdoors? Don't know about the UK, but there's a RoadID (brand-name) bracelet here for safety's sake if you'll be running by yourself outside. Knowing that I'll be adding more miles soon, I figured it was a good investment?

    Keep us posted on how you like the Nike GPS app! I've been trying to find a good one that's accurate!


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