Kirsten is a per­fect Ten

Self-con­fessedgin­girlison­therun

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Kirsten Mc­stay

I was al­ways the girl that ‘for­got’ her PE kit when it was cross coun­try week at school – and even now it’s no se­cret that I’m more of a ‘gin’ girl rather than a ‘gym’ girl.

When it was an­nounced a few weeks ago that Hamil­ton would host its first 10k run this Septem­ber, I de­cided that it I would set my­self the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge and sign up.

A few of my friends laughed when I told them and my mum even said: “Kirsten that’s not even that long away you bet­ter start train­ing now.” So I did.

Three weeks ago, I roped my col­league Shirley into go­ing for a run ev­ery day be­fore we start work.

This meant hav­ing to wake up at 6am, roll out of bed and head straight to our new run­ning route at the Baron’s Haugh na­ture re­serve in Mother­well.

At first, we kind of winged it with no plan or dis­tance or any­thing.

Shirley and I are par­tial to a blether though, so we only kind of started run­ning in be­tween chat­ting.

A friend told me about the 5k Run­ner app which talks to you and tells you when to run and how long for. It’s re­ally work­ing and help­ing us stay on track, so it’s some­thing we have con­tin­ued to use.

It was so far so good on the train­ing front un­til I went to TRNSMT fes­ti­val last week­end and woke up on Mon­day with an ex­tremely sore head.

Part of me wanted to just stay in bed all day but an­other part felt guilty and ac­tu­ally wor­ried that I would undo all the ef­fort I had put in through­out the last few weeks.

I was con­cerned that I would keep putting off get­ting back to it.

So, in­stead of feel­ing sorry for my­self all day, I de­cided to take a run up to the Falls of the Clyde in La­nark and I am so glad I did. It was hard go­ing but the feel­ing you get once you are done re­ally is bril­liant!

Even though we are only three weeks in and my legs are like jelly, I can al­ready feel a huge dif­fer­ence in my abil­ity to run.

I’ll be up­dat­ing you on how it goes over the next few weeks, and my progress so far.

So for any­one who would like to get in­volved in the Hamilten 10k but doesn’t think they can, set your­self a chal­lenge and sign up to­day!

One step ahead­kirsten at the Falls of the Clyde Crack­ing onour re­porter Kirsten be­gan train­ing three weeks ago

Sup­port The rest of the Ad­ver­tiser team are back­ing Kirsten

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