Best laid plans don't always work

As usual the best laid plans'¦

Saturday, 23rd July 2016, 08:45 am
Updated Friday, 15th July 2016, 12:02 pm
Early morning sun on the water during a training run. Picture by Laura Kay.

Having completed my 10k Race for Life run, I had hoped to capitalise on my success this week and fully commit to my Great North Run training programme, but somehow that seems to have failed to happen.

I have managed a short run, increasing my speed, so all is not lost.

However, my online tracker contains far more red ‘missed sessions’ than I would like it to.

I am surprised to have become that person that loves running, and so generally these days I can manage to get myself out there the requisite number of times each week.

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But sometimes the lure of the sofa, with its promise of trashy telly whilst enjoying cuddles with my cat, is just too great.

I hope to start tackling longer run times this week, and so it seems appropriate to remind myself, again, of my motivation for doing this to stop that sofa looking so appealing.

Firstly, of course, there is the big reason for doing this – running in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

As I have continually mentioned in this column, this is a charity close to my heart, which desperately needs more funding, and I hope that my efforts play a small part towards helping the charity to achieve its fund-raising targets.

There is also the fact that I would like to be the sort of person that can run a half marathon – well technically I’d like to be the sort of person that could run a whole marathon, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

I never expected to enjoy running and only really started grudgingly because it appealed more than the alternatives, such as hiding away inside a gym.

However, now that it turns out that I do love running, I would like to get good at it and continue to challenge myself and achieve personal bests.

And as if these weren’t reasons enough to make me lace up those trainers and head out into the streets, there is also the not insignificant fact that I love food.

Unfortunately, my training has not led to me miraculously shedding two stone overnight, but it has meant that I can justify those nights when the call of the sofa is just too loud and nothing but pizza will do.

Surely if there were no other reason to run, this knowledge would be enough?

As always, if you would like to support my Great North Run fund-raising efforts in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society you can donate online at

If you would prefer to give a cash donation these will be accepted at The Curfew – just call in and ask for my sponsorship form.