This is part 2 of the running journey…I guess the most logical thing to do would be to start where I left off from in part 1.
We were back in 2015, and the month of June had just begun: time for my first 3000m. I clocked 11.17 at one Tonbridge open meeting and then went on to take the club u15 record at the next in July. Okay so that record was then broken a couple of weeks later…but I still held the 10.51 record for a little while. The race was also the topic of my second ever blog post!
And then I joined Hastings AC, mainly because we had just moved house and so it was much easier for us to get there on time…we often arrived late to Tonbridge after a 45 minute journey through town traffic. My first time representing the club was at the Goodwood Relays as a top year under 15 in 2015, and then the Sussex league a couple of weeks after. Unlike last season, I was feeling fast, on form, and ready to take on the Sussex runners.
I was definitely on a high at this point…however I struggled to convert my county-level success to national success. I kept finding myself getting waaaay too nervous, and also suffering from a cold at one of the big ones. Prime example: The Southerns. (hide face in hands moment)So despite a mildly disappointing end, I was pleased with my cross country season. After a week’s holiday to Wales at Easter, I was actually feeling ready for the track. I had been working on speed training and was hopeful for a few PBs. Being able to competitively race the 3000m was the main highlight of reaching U17 women level! At some points during the season, I also tried my hand at the steeplechase…although I never did take it seriously as there were only ever 3 competitors and I had always just run the 3000m or 1500m so wasn’t too concerned! Because of my recent foot problems I don’t think I’ll ever be contending with the hurdles again now.
I also reduced my Parkrun time down to 18.31 (at Maidstone, naturally)!I was content with my debut U17 track season. I may not have achieved any English Schools times but I did improve upon my PBs, and also learned a few vital lessons about track racing. Of course, I was delighted to get back to cross country training, but for once I was slightly sad to see the track season end.
Bring on cross country, 2016/17 as a bottom year Under 17.And that’s when my first injury hit. I woke up the morning after the race with an inflamed foot tendon which saw me taking my biggest ever break from running since I began the journey…I was out for 2 months. Things were on the up…although I wasn’t to know that my fourth place in the Kent Schools in Champs in January 2017 would be my last competitive run for a very long time.
The day after I was struck by a sudden pain on my easy run. I was jogging along smoothly, and then I unexpectedly found that I was unable to put any pressure what so ever on my right foot.These past 5 months have been the toughest I can remember. The worry, the stress, and the general problem of not being able to run. I’m planning on a stage by stage recovery blog in about a month’s time, so I will keep this section brief.
Yesterday I was over the moon to complete my first run in almost half a year. It may have only been 5 x 1 minute, but I’m ready to continue on with the next stage of my running journey now. It’s going to be a long time before I get back to where I was before, but I’m willing to wait as long as it takes.
I hope you have enjoyed this two day series. I really enjoyed writing it! I haven’t described any of the races in a huge amount of detail because almost every one of them has its own dedicated blog post. I wish you all a lovely Sunday 🙂