Inspired by the 10K on Saturday, I decided to pull together all my running history - from Spring 1999 until now! And yes, I know it's a bit anally retentive / compulsive to list all my trainers, but hey - it's my blog :-)RacesRace for Life, HampsteadRace for Life, Hyde Park2000 Women's London RunBUPA Great North RunKingston Half MarathonLondon MarathonRace for Life, StockportGreifenseelaufRace for Life, Hampstead
When: ? May 1999
Time: ? 37 minutes
Notes: This was my first ever race and I was terrified! I had gone from no running to being able to run for about 20 minutes (3 laps of my local park). I remember being thrilled that I had run the whole course, even the uphill bit and I even managed a bit of a sprint at the end... It was a women's only race and the atmosphere was just brilliant - supportive and very female :-)Race for Life, Hyde Park
When: ? Summer 2000
Time: ? 37 minutes - might have been quicker, closer to 35 minutes ?
Notes: Sal had just got back from South Africa and I had sent her a running article whilst she was out there, so she started training as well. Hyde Park was packed with women. Our claim to fame was that we ran in the same race as Paula Radcliffe, although she actually finished before we had crossed the start line - mr.ncot uses this to claim we didn't *actually* run in the same race as her....2000 Women's London Run
When: September 2000
Time: 1hr 2min 17 sec
Position: 1171 (of 2154)
Notes: This was a great run from Bermondsey into the centre of London (across London bridge) finishing in Southwark park. By this point I was starting to train more and actually be brave enough to run outside in London (rather than on the treadmill in the gym or in the local park). Mr.ncot, Sal's parents and us had a picnic in the park afterwards :-)BUPA Great North Run
Distance: Half Marathon
When: 22nd October 2000
With: Sal and Chris
Position: 25273 (of 36546)
Notes: A fun race that started on the motorway into Newcastle! We ran over the famous bridge then onto the coast at sunderland. Paula won the race whilst we were only a few kilometries in! The last miles were downhill and then along by the sea. I was so tired afterwards that I just lay on the ground and the colour of my face was indistinguishable from the silver blanket :-( We then had a very long, cramped train journey home from Newcastle to LondonKingston Half Marathon
Distance: Half Marathon
When: ? Feb / March 2001
Time: ? a bit quicker than the BUPA Run, maybe 02:20 ?
Notes: This was a tough run, particularly doing it alone :-( It was 2 laps which made it even harder and I remember walking a few sections. Mind you, Mr.ncot reckons I finished it in a much better condition than the Newcastle half marathon. This was just before the marathon in April 2001London Marathon
When: 22nd April 2001
Position: 28825 (of 30206)
Notes: This was one of my life's big achievements so far! A really tough race. We just got slower and slower and my knees gave out in the last couple of miles. It was such a fantastic experience though. We ran past the Cutty Shark (about mile 4?) and there were crowds and I just thought "I'm running the London Marathon". I got a guaranteed place and Sal was running for Oxfam - we had oxfam shirts with our names on and lots of people shouted for us! I remember a Beefeater shouting for me at the Tower of London (hellish part of the course, about 22 miles and a horrible cobbled section, very hard on the legs) and I was just too tired to even wave or look at him! We basically ran up until Mile 18 then started to walk and run, and gradually the walking sections got longer and longer. Our parents and friends met us at about 6 points round the course. And basically all the novelty runners (rhinos, trees, viking ships, wombles) had long since passed us!! I couldn't actually walk properly for the next weeks....Race for Life, Stockport
When: Summer 2003
Time: slow, ?39 minutes
Notes: First race with my little sister. At this point I wasn't running at all. Kate had done some training and just wanted to get round without walking. I was so unfit, but we made it. When it came to the sprint finish, she just left me for dead :-)Greifenseelauf
When: September 2006
Position: 409 (of 647 women)
Notes: My first swiss race! It was a beautiful day and we were happy that we met our goals: To run all the way, to finish in under 65 minutes and to overtake at least one man! I was so impressed by the swiss organisation, especially the text message with our results, less than 30 minutes after crossing the line! I ended up sprinting the last 800m, which was rather longer than I expected....Running Shoes
The first trainers I bought from Run and Become were Brooks, can't remember the name, but here's a pic of me wearing them just before the marathon - strangely, Sal my running mate bought exactly the same pair!
2003 - 2005
After the marathon I didn't run for a few years, starting slowly again in London and then Zürich (2003-2005).
These Nike Air (Bowerman Series) were again recommended by Run and Become. Not my best ever trainers, but okay... The problem was I bought them but didn't have my insoles with me, so the fit wasn't exactly perfect. But they got me back into running again. I've just bought 2 new pairs to replace them, so they will soon be going to trainer heaven...
2006 - August
Brooks Adrenalin GTS6 £80 from Run and Become
2006 - September
New Balance 857 US10 B £70 from Run and Become