Hello, and welcome to my blog. The Long Run Back – my journey to redemption.

So, a little bit about my background.

I’ve been a runner my whole life and joined my first running club aged 11. I got fairly good too, I represented my county a few times and knocked my 1500m time down to 5:16.

At aged 14, my body completely fell apart. I shot up (from 5 foot 3, to 5 foot 8) in only a few months.  My speed was gone, I had awful shin splits and knee pain nearly every time I ran. I felt like I’d completely lost my identity. I didn’t know how this had happened to me, and why I wasn’t bouncing back like everyone else. With age and hindsight, a little bit of strength work and slowing my intervals down a tad probably would have fixed a lot of my problems. Of course, I didn’t know any of that at the time and I felt like my world had ended. That feeling of hitting the wall on even the shortest of runs will haunt me forever.

Over the next 4 years I went for very short runs of 5k or less, and tried to stay as connected to the running world as I could. I took up work in my local running shops to make sure my knowledge stayed up to date, and to find people that I could talk to about running without annoying them. All the while I felt a bit of a fraud calling myself a runner.

At aged 19 I decided that enough was enough, and it was time to reclaim the identity of ‘runner’. I went for my longest run in about 5 years (only 5 miles) and ran a few miles further every week. I got up to 15 miles, the furthest I’d ever run, and knew that I’d found my place in running again. I entered my first half marathon and the rest is history.

Since then I’ve just about reached the standard of pace I used to be able to run. I’ve moved from 1500m to half marathons, and couldn’t be more in love with the distance.

I’ve started this blog as a way to write about carrying on my journey, and picking off where I left off at aged 14. I’ll be posting updates about what I’ve been up to in training and how I’m getting on. It’s a slow process, but a worthwhile one for sure.

I hope you all enjoy joining me on my journey.