Getting to know…Latisha
First time half marathon runner Latisha joined our training this year. She ran Birmingham Half on Sunday and said whilst it was a shame it was cut short she was so pleased to complete it and see so many SE Fitness faces on the way which was lovely! Here’s her story…
When did you start running and what got you into it?
I started running in May 2018 – I recently moved into a new job and in the first few weeks I signed up to a charity 5k run for the company. At this point I couldn’t even run 1km without stopping. Nonetheless I started going to park runs and began to work up to that distance – eventually completing the run in 32 minutes which I was pleased with! I then joined SE in January 2019 to improve my pace and confidence.
• What made you decide to go for your first half marathon?
I really wanted to set myself a challenge that would push me to create a consistent routine. I have always heard my friends talk about the runners high after completing the half and I just thought – I want that feeling too! I also recently got engaged so thought this is great chance to get fit for that dress!
• Tell us about your half marathon experience from the training through to the actual race. What were the worst bits and what were the best bits?
This has to be one of the hardest but most rewarding challenge I have ever set myself. So much of running is in your head and the worse bit for me is when I started overthinking my run or comparing myself to other runners that would cause my confidence to drop. The best bit by far has been running with SE – even the dreaded long runs always felt more achievable when running with the group- especially when there is jelly babies involved!
• Have you got anything you’d change next time?
I would like to try to improve my pace next time so either join speedwork on a Wednesday or run with a faster group. I would also invest in some actual running socks!
• What’s your advice for anyone thinking of their first half marathon?
Do it! I cannot stress enough how much I thought this was out my reach but with the right training and being kind to yourself and your body you can achieve anything. The crowd, runners and atmosphere on the day will keep you going. I would also recommend training with someone or in a group- I got my fiance to sign up and now it’s a memory we will always share.
• Any running plans for the future?!
I have absolutely got the running bug so I am sure there will be another half marathon on the horizon in 2020 – perhaps even overseas.